Judge orders Minnesota terror suspects held until trial

An FBI agent described Thursday how one of the men charged with trying to leave the Twin Cities to fight with Islamic extremists was arrested while boarding an Istanbul-bound flight. His destination was Syria. 

Four young Somali-Americans from the Twin Cities will remain in jail as they await trials on terrorism charges.

More than 200 supporters of the young men packed two rooms in the federal courthouse in St. Paul on Thursday, as a judge considered if the cases should move forward — and if the four should be released or remain behind bars.

 The men were arrested Sunday around the Twin Cities, the same day two other young men were arrested in California. All six are accused of making plans to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, an extremist group

In court Thursday, one of the FBI agents involved in the 10-month-long investigation into the group’s activities said officials gathered evidence in part by wiretapping phones and using a confidential informant.

Read More: Star Tribune

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