Fifth San Diego Muslim funds al-Shabaab

November 24, 2010

No country in the world is in as much danger of terrorist attacks as Somalia according to a new report.  Terrorist financing, whether ransoms paid to pirates or zakat paid to al-Shabaab, seems to be heading in Somalia’s direction as well.

In addition to the four San Diego al-Shabaab financiers we recently found out about, add one more.  Evidently this 24-year-old mother of “five or six” has been busy in more ways than one.  From the Union Tribune on Nov. 15:

SAN DIEGO — Federal prosecutors in San Diego have charged a woman with providing money and other assistance to the Somali terrorist organization al-Shabaab.

Nima Ali Yusuf, 24, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to provide material support to al-Shabaab and lying to a government agency investigating a terrorist matter.

Yusuf appeared in federal court Monday for an arraignment after being arrested Friday, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in San Diego. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday to determine whether she should be granted bail.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sabrina L. Féve declined to comment Monday afternoon on the case until that court hearing.

Yusuf is the fourth Somali native living in San Diego to be charged this month with aiding al-Shabaab, a militia that has links to al-Qaeda. The group wants to establish an Islamic state in that war-torn country.

About 10,000 Somalis live in San Diego, mostly in the City Heights neighborhood, making it the second largest Somali community in the United States, behind Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

The indictment of Yusuf, unsealed Monday, sheds little light on what she is alleged to have done or how it may be connected to the other three people who so far have been charged.

It charges her with conspiring to provide personnel and money to al-Shabaab. It also says that on Sept. 22, she told agents with the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection that she had not sent any money to Somalia in the preceding year, though the indictment states that she knew at the time that was false…

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