- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS — A jury has convicted two Minnesota women accused of funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia.

Jurors returned their verdicts in federal court in Minneapolis Thursday.

Amina Farah Ali and Hawo Mohamed Hassan were charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. Ali also faced 12 counts of providing such support, while Hassan faced two counts of lying to the FBI.

They have been found guilty on all counts.

Prosecutors say the women were part of a “deadly pipeline” that routed money and fighters from the U.S. to Somalia. Their attorneys say they were helping refugees.

They were among 20 people charged in federal investigations into recruiting and financing for al-Shabab, considered a terrorist group with ties to al Qaeda.