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Metro Reporter — Minnesota Public Radio

Metro reporter for @MPRNews.

Man charged for sending threatening tweets in ISIS case

Terror hearing reveals informant earned $12,000 — The FBI spelled out details of its deal with a confidential source who helped make its case against six young men who allegedly wanted to go to Syria to join ISIS.

For mothers of terrorism suspects, nothing but sorrow — One by one, the Somali women filtered into an office of the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis to tell their stories. Each appeared exhausted. One hadn't slept in days. Their sons were among six men arrested in a major counterterrorism sweep Sunday and charged by federal authorities with trying to join ISIS, one of the cruelest terrorist groups in the world.

Informant's role emerges as key in counterterror sweep — In the aftermath of the biggest counterterrorism sweep in the Twin Cities since the FBI began investigating local ties to ISIS, a suspect's brother lashed out Monday at the informant who helped authorities make their case. "He lied to my brother," said Abdirashid Daud, the younger brother of defendant Abdirahman Daud.

FBI makes arrests in MN, CA in counterterrorism action — The FBI arrested several people in Minneapolis and San Diego, Calif., on Sunday as part of a joint terrorism task force investigation, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger confirmed Sunday evening. A Somali woman who said she was the mother of two men who were arrested told MPR News that the FBI arrived at her house around noon.

Legislative auditor to probe claims of Urban League misspending — Minnesota's legislative auditor says he'll look into allegations of double-dipping by the Minneapolis Urban League. Auditor Jim Nobles says his staff will start with a preliminary review to determine whether to go forward with a full-blown investigation or audit. "Anytime there are allegations about possible misuse of public money by an organization, we take them seriously," Nobles said Thursday.

Accused of son's murder, Pierre Collins makes first court appearance — The Twin Cities man accused of killing his 10-year-old son, Barway Collins, made his first court appearance today. Pierre Collins was charged this week with second-degree murder in the boy's death. Barway's body was found Saturday in the Mississippi River with his feet and torso bound with duct tape.

Police catch suspect after chase ends in Uptown

Called to fight: Minnesota's ISIS recruits — Roughly 15 young people have left Minnesota to join the militant group ISIS in Syria. Their stories follow similar patterns: The suburban drifter or unassuming student becomes rapidly (and often quietly) radicalized and leaves Minnesota to join the ISIS extremists.

From MN suburbs, they set out to join ISIS — Three young men are among those from Minnesota who apparently tried to join the fight in Syria. Two were stopped; one made it, and lost his life.
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Apr 24, 2015

Prosecutors allege Said tweeted he'd "whack" the "US attorney general" --possibly a reference to U.S. attorney Luger?

Apr 24, 2015

Mahamed Abukar Said is accused of tweeting the picture of the informant and saying he'd kill if they didn't release his "brothers."

Apr 24, 2015

A Minneapolis man was charged today with sending threatening Tweets in response to arrests of six suspected ISIS recruits.

Apr 24, 2015

By @rihamfeshir: Waterpark roof collapse exposes gaps in MN's building inspection enforcement

Apr 23, 2015

RT @fuguni: Frm #US Sen Norm Coleman calls for @govdayton to appoint task force to explore options to address terror recruitment…

Apr 23, 2015

RT @mukhtaryare: Somali mothers of terrorism suspects are grappling with the charges their sons are facing.…

Apr 23, 2015

Tempers flare as judge orders ISIS terror suspects held pending trial…

Apr 23, 2015

There was an outburst before hearing concluded by a young man protesting judge's decision.

Apr 23, 2015

Judge orders detention of all four men accused of trying to join ISIS. Several supporters -- male, female, young, old -- walk away crying.

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