Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Saudi Arabia, and Mohamed Hussein Said, 25, of Mombasa, Kenya, were arraigned Tuesday in federal court in Miami, The Miami Herald reported. Both were arrested in Saudi Arabia this month.
The indictment charging the two with providing support to terrorism says an FBI agent in Miami got in touch with them last year via an Internet chat room. The agent first posed as a man who described himself as an al-Qaida fighter and then as his sister, offering to raise money.
The men allegedly raised more than $11,000 for al-Shabaab, the al-Qaida affiliate in Somalia before the "online covert agent" got in touch with them. Investigators say they wired $9,000 to the agent to support al-Nusrah Front, an al-Qaida affiliate fighting against President Bashir Assad in Syria.
Mohammed allegedly also gave the Saudi equivalent of $3,800 to an operative for al-Nusrah Front.
A federal magistrate ordered the two held without bail.
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