Crime & Court

Edmonton man extradited to U.S. to face terrorism charges

EDMONTON – An Edmonton man was extradited to the United States to face terrorism charges.

Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi, 34, a former resident of San Diego, and a Canadian citizen was charged with robbing an Edmonton jewelry store in 2014 to fund a terrorist cell that included his three cousins, who all left Edmonton in 2013 for Syria and Iraq (ISIS). It’s believed they were killed over there a year later.

The charge against Abdullahi was stayed last month and court records show charges against his two co-accused were stayed in August.

U.S. authorities accuse Abudullahi of robbing an Edmonton jewelry store to fund terrorism. The armed robbery charge was stayed. (Edmonton Police Service)

Abdullahi was extradited to California on Oct. 24 to face charges of conspiring to provide material support to terrorists that were engaged in kidnapping and killing in Syria.

Court of Queen’s Bench Justice John Little granted the order in May 2018 to extradite Abdullahi to the U.S.

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He is alleged to have conspired with ISIS from August 2013 to November 2014 by providing money and personnel to foreign fighters. He is accused of supporting a cluster of terrorists in both the U.S. and Canada, including three of his late cousins from Edmonton.

Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi Undated court handout photo.

The U.S. filed an extradition request for Abdullahi and he was arrested in Fort McMurray on Sept. 15, 2017. In June 2019 he lost his Court of Appeal of Alberta fight to be extradited.

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-george@albertapressleader.ca

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