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5/21/2015 7:15 PM
By Associated Press

Prosecutor: Man said he'd kill feds if Syria trip thwarted

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of trying to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group told an informant he'd kill FBI agents if they tried to stop him, while another told friends he'd "spit on America" at the U.S.-Mexico border, prosecutors said in document filed on Thursday.

Prosecutors said Abdirahman Yasin Daud should remain detained because he conspired for months to travel to Syria and help others travel.

The document says Mohamed Abdihamid Farah made threats against FBI agents, and Daud said he'd spit on America. Daud also allegedly communicated with an Islamic State group member about travel logistics and said he and Farah would become martyrs.

Daud's attorney, Bruce Nestor, said many of the alleged statements are simply youthful boasting.

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