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Testimony reveals details of suicide bomber

Published: Friday, July 31 2015 5:32 p.m. MDT

FILE - This undated file family photo made available by his family in Minneapolis shows Mohamud Said Omar, who is accused of providing money and people to al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terror group at the center of much of the violence in Somalia. Omar's trial begins Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, giving the public its best chance yet to peer behind the curtain of a years-long investigation into how and why some young Somali expatriates decided to risk their lives for insurgents back home.  (Family of Mohamud Said Omar, File, Associated Press) FILE - This undated file family photo made available by his family in Minneapolis shows Mohamud Said Omar, who is accused of providing money and people to al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terror group at the center of much of the violence in Somalia. Omar's trial begins Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, giving the public its best chance yet to peer behind the curtain of a years-long investigation into how and why some young Somali expatriates decided to risk their lives for insurgents back home. (Family of Mohamud Said Omar, File, Associated Press)

MINNEAPOLIS — Jurors in the trial of a Minnesota man accused of directing young Somali men back to their homeland to fight with al-Shabab are hearing from family members of some travelers.

Mahamud (mah-hah-MOOD') Said (sy-EED' (sy'-EED) Omar faces five terror-related counts. Prosecutors worked Wednesday to begin outlining what they say was a conspiracy to supply al-Shabab with men.

Hibo (HEE'bo) Ahmed is the sister of Shirwa Ahmed, a Minneapolis man who carried out a suicide bombing in Somalia in 2008. She testified that she heard from her brother two days before he died in 2008, and he "didn't sound right."

Defense attorneys tried to show inconsistencies in her testimony.

Family members of two other travelers testified that the men didn't have enough money to travel to Somalia on their own.

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