Three women were arrested and two more are being sought in connection to an alleged financing conspiracy for the extremist Muslim group al Shabaab, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The women arrested today were allegedly the heads of a network of mostly women that would funnel money to the insurgents in Somalia and Kenya disguised as donations to orphans and other philanthropic causes.
Muna Osman Jama, 34, of Reston, Virginia, and Hinda Osman Dhriane, 44, of Kent, Washington, were arrested in their homes on Wednesday, as was Farhia Hassan at her home in the Netherlands.
Two other women involved in the operation, Fardowsa Jama Mohamed who is a fugitive in Kenya and Barira Hassan Abdullahi, a fugitive in Somalia.
According to court records, the defendants referred to the money they sent overseas as "living expenses," and they repeatedly used code words such as "orphans" and "brothers in the mountains" to refer to Shabab fighters, and "camels" to refer to trucks needed by the group, the Justice Department said.
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