Minneapolis College Students Used School Loans to Buy Airline Tickets to Join ISIS

In a shocking discovery, it was recently found that two Twin Cities college students Hamaz Ahmed, 20, and Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19, allegedly used federal student loan money to purchase tickets to the Middle East in order to join ISIS. The pair are facing financial fraud charges. They were part of the “seven young Somali-Americans from Minnesota who face charges of planning to leave the United States and fight alongside Islamic extremist groups."

The Star Tribune reports:

“The new indictment says that Ahmed and Musse bought airline tickets on November 8, 2014, from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Europe, using more than $1,000 in federal college financial aid. Ahmed used his aid money to purchase a flight to Istanbul, Turkey, authorities say. Musse used similar funds to buy a ticket to travel to Greece. From those two destinations, authorities say the pair then planned on heading to Syria. Ahmed had actually boarded his flight when he was ordered off the plane by officers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection."

U.S. Attorney Andy Lugar said, “Nothing stopped these defendants from pursuing their goal, never stopped plotting another way to get to Syria to join ISIL."

Five of the aspiring ISIS students attended Minnesota Community & Technical College where they studied everything from information technology to nursing. One of their friends described them as “good boys who went to school, and were involved with the community and their families.” A director of a non-profit who works with troubled youths, noted they didn’t have a background of street gang activity, antisocial behavior, or truancy and said “Our system would not technically label them at risk."

They did post pro-jihad sentiments and hatred for the United States on Facebook just days before their arrests. It is believed they were quickly turned to jihad through social media. University and community leaders “have expressed the need for a prevention program incorporating Somali leaders, imams, educators, and parents.”

Photo: Times Of Israel

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