Nigerian pleads not guilty to US terror charges

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Posted: Sep 27, 2013 12:38 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A Nigerian man accused of providing support to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has pleaded not guilty to U.S. charges.

Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi entered the plea Friday in federal court in Brooklyn.

Authorities say Babafemi traveled to Yemen to train with other members of the al-Qaida group. Authorities say he was given about $9,000 to return to Nigeria and recruit English speakers to radicalize others.

Babafemi had been in the custody of Nigerian authorities since 2011. A court there granted a U.S. request for extradition in August.

The al-Qaida group claims many terrorist attacks. They include the 2009 attempted bombing of a Northwest Airline flight from Amsterdam to Detroit by a Nigerian with explosives hidden in his underwear.