One of the American men accused in Minnesota of trying to join the Islamic State was providing suggested routes for members of ISIS to enter the U.S. through Mexico. Court documents filed this week indicate that Gules Ali Omar told ISIS members about specific routes that could be used along the porous southern border to send members to America to carry out terrorist attacks.
The men — Omar, 21; Hamza Naj Ahmed, 21; Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 22; and Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 22 — have pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including conspiracy to commit murder outside the U.S. They are set to go to trial on May 9. Prosecutors claim they were part of a group of men in Minnesota’s Somali community who held secret meetings and plotted to join the Islamic State group.
Prosecutors said audio recordings obtained during the investigation show the defendants spoke multiple times about the possibility of attacks in the U.S. Among them, Omar spoke of establishing a route for fighters to take from Mexico into the United States, Farah spoke of killing an FBI agent, and another man talked about shooting a homemade rocket at an airplane.
Prosecutors said the Somali men watched videos of gruesome images, and Omar had pictures of the burning World Trade Center towers and Osama bin Laden on his cellphone.