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Abdullahi Yusuf of Inver Grove Heights was arrested last week, six months after FBI agents stopped him at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as he prepared to leave the United States for Turkey.

Judge detains alleged terror recruit

A Minnesota teenager who was temporarily freed after he was accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group was taken back into custody Wednesday after a federal judge ruled that he posed a flight risk and a danger to the community but held out the possibility of freeing him later.

“If there is a plan that can be put in place that can have the Somali community and others assist the court in the supervision of this young man, I will look at releasing him,” Chief Judge Michael Davis said before marshals led Abdullahi Yusuf away.

Yusuf, 18, of Inver Grove Heights, was arrested last week, six months after FBI agents stopped him at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport as he prepared to leave the United States for Turkey. He was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. A co-defendant, Abdi Nur, 20, of Minneapolis, was also charged but is believed to be outside the U.S.

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