Kent woman accused of aiding Somali terrorists

KENT, Wash. -- The U.S. Attorney's office has indicted five people for funding terrorism. One of them is a 44-year-old woman from Kent.

Federal agents arrested Hinda Osman Dhirane at her home early Wednesday morning and she appeared in federal court in the afternoon.

The FBI come four in the morning, around ten cars, said her husband, Rashid Jama Barhadle. They knock my door too hard and scared my kids. I have five year old, she cried.

Authorities say Dhirane is part of a group primarily made up of women who are allegedly part of a conspiracy to raise money for terrorists.

According to court documents, they would send monthly payments, broken down into small amounts, to Kenya and Somalia to help fund al-Shabaab, which has been linked to Al-Qaida.

Her husband said Dhirane has a job and takes care of their six children. He insisted she is innocent.

Neighbors like Seam Doeurk noticed the police activity on his street in Kent this morning, and was surprised to hear about the arrest.

Looking at the allegations, I am not sure what to think anymore, said Doeurk

The amount of money Dhirane is accused of providing is just over a thousand dollars. But each of transaction carries a maximum penalty of 15 years.

She'll be held in federal custody until her hearing next Tuesday.


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