New York — A Maryland man has been indicted on federal charges he provided material support to an al-Qaeda offshoot that has claimed responsibility for a series of deadly attacks in East Africa.
Authorities on Monday said 31-year-old Maalik Alim Jones traveled to Somalia in 2011 to fight on behalf of the al-Shabaab militant group. They say Jones learned how to fire an AK-47 and rocket-propelled grenade launcher, then used his training to attack the Kenyan government.
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Jones appeared in federal court in Manhattan on Dec. 19 to face charges that include conspiracy to provide material support to al-Shaabab and possessing, carrying, and using firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence. Information on his lawyer wasn't immediately available.
If convicted, Jones faces up to life in prison.