3 charged in NYC with fighting for al-Shabab
NEW YORK (AP) - Three men facing federal terrorism charges in New York City have strong ties to the same extremist Islamic group that's claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on an upscale Kenyan shopping mall, United States (US) authorities say.
Prosecutors describe the defendants - Ali Yasin Ahmed, Madhi Hashi and Mohamed Yusuf - as "dangerous and influential" members of al-Shabab who were part of an elite unit of suicide bombers.
They were captured in Africa last year while traveling to Yemen to team up with the Al-Qaeda offshoot there.
The three had links to Al-Qaeda operatives in East Africa "who sought to carry out attacks against the United States and Western interests in that region", prosecutors wrote in a letter filed on Sept 18, three days before rampaging gunmen killed dozens in an attack on the Nairobi mall.