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Terror Suspect Admits in Brooklyn Federal Court to Trying to Recruit for al-Qaida

The FBI said Babafemi used his English language skills to help produce al-Qaida's Inspire magazine

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    An English-speaking Nigerian man pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court for trying to help recruit terrorists in Yemen to kill Americans.

    Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, 33, traveled from his home country to Yemen where he took direct orders from now-deceased terror leader Anwar al-Awlaki, prosecutors said.

    The FBI said Babafemi used his English language skills to help produce al-Qaida's Inspire magazine.

    Babafemi also received weapons training while in Yemen.

    “The defendant traveled to Yemen to put himself at the disposal of a violent terrorist organization,” said U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch.

    Lynch said he traveled to Yemen three times to meet and train with terror leaders. He was paid $9,000 in cash to “recruit others to join the terrorist group.”

    Babafemi faces up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced by Judge John Gleeson on Aug. 27.
     

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