Dutch prosecutors said Tuesday they have arrested a 43-year-old Somali man wanted by U.S. authorities for allegedly financing Islamic extremist terrorists.
Prosecutors said in a statement the man lived in Minneapolis
before leaving the United States in November 2008; he arrived in
the Netherlands about one month later.
The identity of the man, who was arrested Sunday at an asylum
seeker's center in Dronten about 45 miles (72 kilometers) northeast
of Amsterdam, was not released in line with Dutch privacy laws.
The statement by the national prosecutors office said American
authorities asked for the man's arrest and have sought his
E.K. Wilson, an FBI spokesman in Minneapolis, said: "We're
aware of this individual and of this arrest, and it is related to
our ongoing Minneapolis investigation."
Wilson said the FBI was working closely with Dutch authorities
through its legal attache office in Brussels, and is also
coordinating with the Department of Justice Office of International
As many as 20 young Somali men left the Minneapolis area over
the last two years to go to Somalia and possibly fight with terror
groups. At least three men have died, including one who carried out
a suicide bombing in the semiautonomous Puntland region in October
Three others have pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis
to terror-related charges. A fourth man has pleaded guilty to
perjury, and a fifth has pleaded not guilty to lying to the FBI.
The Dutch statement says U.S. prosecutors suspect the man
arrested Sunday of bankrolling the purchase of weapons for Islamic
extremists and helping other Somalis travel to Somalia in 2007 and
The suspect was ordered held for 60 days at a hearing Tuesday
before an investigating judge in the city of Rotterdam.
Prosecutors did not immediately return after-hours calls seeking