3 charged in NYC with fighting for al-Shabab

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Associated Press

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 23 at 1:33 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. authorities say three men facing federal terrorism charges in New York City have strong ties to the terror group that claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a shopping mall in Kenya.

Two of the men made brief appearances Monday in federal court in Brooklyn, where prosecutors and defense lawyers told a judge they were in plea negotiations. The third is due in court next week.

Prosecutors in the once-secret case have described the defendants as "dangerous and influential" members of al-Shabab. Prosecutors say the men were part of an elite unit of suicide bombers.

Their lawyers deny the allegations.

U.S. authorities say the men were captured in Africa last year while traveling to Yemen to allegedly team up with the al-Qaida offshoot there.

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