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Northern VA woman charged with terrorism

RESTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- A Northern Virginia woman has been charged, along with four others, for supporting a terrorist organization, according to federal officials.

Muna Osman Jama, 34, of Reston, was arrested for providing support to a foreign terrorist organization, the Department of Justice reports.

According to court documents, Jama along with Hinda Osman Dhirane of Kent, Washington, led a fundraising organization providing financial support to the terrorist group al-Shabaab.

Court records allege that Jama and Hinda oversaw a network composed mostly of women who provided monthly payments to their conduits in Kenya and Somalia. Records show that Jama was primarily responsible for sending money to a conduit in Kenya.

Records show that the defendants would send money transfers referring to them as "living expenses" and that the funds were intended for use by al-Shabaab insurgents operating in Somalia.

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison on each count in the indictment.

The other defendants facing charges are:

Hinda Osman Dhirane, 44, of Kent, Washington who was arrested in her Washington home

Farhia Hassan who was arrested at her Netherlands residence

Fardowsa Jama Mohamed, a fugitive in Kenya and the subject of a pending arrest warrant

Barira Hassan Abdullahi, a fugitive in Somalia and the subject of a pending arrest warrant


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