ST. LOUIS (TheBlaze/AP) — U.S. prosecutors say six Bosnian immigrants have been accused of sending money and equipment oversees to help terrorist organizations, including the Islamic State group and al-Qaida in Iraq.
Ramiz Zihad Hodzic, Sedina UnKic Hodzic, Nihad Rosic, Mediha Medy Salkicevic, Armin Harcevic and Jasminka Ramic were the names listed on the FBI's indictment filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
All six people face charges of conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists and with providing material support to terrorists. The indictment was unsealed Friday.
All six are natives of Bosnia who were legal residents of the U.S. Three lived in St. Louis, two in Illinois and one in New York. While five were arrested in the U.S., the FBI said the sixth suspect is overseas. Only the five suspects in the U.S. are in federal custody, according to a statement issued Friday.
Five arrested in the United States on charges of providing material support to terrorists. http://t.co/jP8IwxSwkc
— FBI (@FBI) February 7, 2015
“Today’s charges and arrests underscore our resolve to identify, thwart, and hold accountable individuals within the United States who seek to provide material support to terrorists and terrorist organizations operating in Syria and Iraq,” Assistant Attorney General Carlin said.
“Preventing the provision of supplies, money, and personnel to foreign terrorist organizations like ISIL remains a top priority of the National Security Division and our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities," Carlin said.
The indictment alleges says the defendants bought U.S. military uniforms, firearms accessories, tactical gear and other equipment and shipped them overseas. The items and money eventually went to fighters in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere.
The indictment says money was also sent to support the families of fighters.
Editor's note: This post has been updated.
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