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Published: Tuesday, 4/29/2014

Nigerian pleads guilty to U.S. terror charges


NEW YORK — A Nigerian man has pleaded guilty in New York to charges he took part in a Yemen-based al-Qaeda faction’s efforts to spread propaganda intended to encourage terror attacks.

Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi entered the plea today to charges of providing material support to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He faces up to 30 years in prison at his August sentencing in federal court in Brooklyn.

The 33-year-old Babafemi was extradited last year from Nigeria. U.S. prosecutors say he traveled to Yemen in 2010 to help the al-Qaeda group recruit English speakers for its media operations.

The operations included publication of an online magazine for aspiring terrorists. The magazine has published recipes for homemade bombs and suggested targets in the United States and elsewhere.

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