Eight charged in US-Somali youth terror networkEight people face terrorism charges in the case of 20 young men missing from Minnesota after allegedly being recruited for an Islamist militia militia (məlĭsh`ə), military organization composed of citizens enrolled and trained for service in times of national emergency. Its ranks may be filled either by enlistment or conscription. in Somalia, officials said Monday.
The young men -- all but one of whom were of Somali Somali
Any member of a large group of people occupying all of Somalia and parts of Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Their language is of the Cushitic branch of the Afroasiatic family. descent descent, in anthropology, method of classifying individuals in terms of their various kinship connections. Matrilineal and patrilineal descent refer to the mother's or father's sib (or other group), respectively. -- were trained to fight in Somalia's bitter civil war and were "indoctrinated with anti-Ethiopian, anti-American, anti-Israeli and anti-Western beliefs," the US Department of Justice said.
One died while participating in a series of suicide bomb attacks in northern Somalia.
"The sad reality is that the vibrant Somali community here in Minneapolis has lost many of its sons to fighting in Somalia," attorney Todd Jones said in a statement.
"These young men have been recruited to fight in a foreign war by individuals and groups using violence against government troops and civilians.
"Those tempted to fight on behalf of or provide support to any designated terrorist group should know they will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."