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Two Michigan Men Facing Terrorism Charges in Ohio


Authorities in the midwestern U.S. state of Ohio have accused two men of supporting terrorism.

The two, Osama Sobhi Abulhassen and Ali Houssaiky, are charged with money laundering in support of terrorism. They live in the neighboring state of Michigan, but were arrested this week on a traffic violation in southeastern Ohio.

Police say they discovered a dozen cell phones and more than $10,000 in cash in their vehicle.

Federal law enforcement officials have raised concerns about people buying a large number of cell phones, which can be used to carry out terrorist attacks.

Ohio authorities believe the two men were planning to send the phones overseas. They say the two men have admitted to buying 600 cell phones in the area in recent months.

A spokesman for the men's relatives says the two work in the cell phone business. He says he hopes this is not a case of the government "overreacting, overreaching and over-reading."

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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