Woman accused of aiding terrorists

    Officials say Colleen LaRose and five unindicted co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe.

    Officials have released details of an indictment charging a Montgomery County woman with charges related to aiding suspected terrorists.

    [audio: 100309LFJIHAD.mp3]

    Officials say Colleen LaRose, also known as “Fatima LaRose” and “Jihad Jane,” and five unindicted co-conspirators recruited men on the Internet to wage violent jihad in South Asia and Europe and recruited women on the Internet who had passports and the ability to travel to and around Europe in support of violent jihad.

    The indictment charges that LaRose – an American citizen – received a direct order to kill a citizen and resident of Sweden,…that LaRose agreed to carry out her murder assignment, and that she and her co-conspirators discussed that her appearance and American citizenship would help her blend in while carrying out her plans.  She’s been charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, conspiracy to kill in a foreign country, making false statements to a government official, and attempted identity theft.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.