WASHINGTON (AP) - Attorney General Eric Holder says 14 people are being charged with providing support for the terrorist group al-Shabab based in Somalia and at least one has ties to Alabama.
The charges come against suspects in Minnesota, California and Alabama and include providing support for the terrorist group both from the U.S. and in Somalia.
Holder says the charges reflect a disturbing trend. Somali-Americans have been recruited and have taken part in suicide bombings in Somalia, and U.S. officials fear trained Somali-American terror plotters could return to the U.S.
Holder says leaders in U.S. Muslim communities are working with law enforcement agencies to address the issue.
Al-Shabab fighters number several thousand strong and have been battling Somalia's weakened government. They U.S. and other Western countries have branded it a terrorist group say it has ties to al-Qaida.