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Former Baltimorean pleads guilty to terrorism charges

Former Baltimorean pleads guilty to terrorism charges

A Baltimore-raised man who authorities say traveled to Somalia and became a fighter for an extremist group pleaded guilty Friday to federal terrorism charges in New York.

Prosecutors say 32-year-old Maalik Jones trained with and supported al-Shabab, an ultra-conservative Islamic militant group. The group seeks to run Somalia under a strict interpretation of Shariah law.

Raised in the heart of an African-American Muslim community in the West Baltimore neighborhood of Upton, Jones grew up a time when some young black Muslims sought opportunities to learn about their faith at home, and others to go overseas to study, according to a 2016 Baltimore Sun article. Jones' family...