(KMOV.com) – Six Bosnia natives, three of whom are from St. Louis County, have been charged for allegedly aiding overseas terrorists.
Ramiz Zijad Hodzic, 40, his wife Sedina Unkic Hodzic, 35, Medhida Medy Salkicevic, 34, Nihad Rosic, 26, Armin Harcevic, 37, and Jasminka Ramic, 42, have all been charged with conspiring to provide material support and resources to terrorists. Ramiz Hodzic and Nihad Rosic are also charged with conspiring to kill and maim people in a foreign country.
All six were immigrants from Bosnia. Ramiz Hodzic and his wife Sedina Hodzic immigrated to the St. Louis area as refugees and Harcevic also lived in the area as a lawful permanent resident.
In a statement to News 4, a spokesperson for St. Louis Bosnians, Inc. said, "The St. Louis Bosnian community condemns any alleged acts or support of terrorism, domestic or international. As a part of the St. Louis community, we are committed to making our city and county safe for everyone. The Bosnian community in St. Louis had faith in our legal system to fully investigate and resolve the current situation."
Five of the six suspects have been arrested, but prosecutors said the sixth defendant is overseas.
Abdullah Ramo Pazara, a naturalized citizen who resided in St. Louis, was believed to be fighting overseas with Foreign Terror Organizations (FTOs) in Syria, but was not charged because investigators believe him to be dead.
The group allegedly conspired over Facebook, using the social networking site to communicate with Pazara and other conspirators with the FTOs in Syria, Turkey and other countries.
Ramiz Hodzic, Sedina Hodzic and Armin Harcevic were arrested in St. Louis County Friday morning.
Shawn McGuire of St. Louis County Police said the county’s tactical unit was mobilized and was on standby in case the suspects resisted as the arrests were made in the county.
Prosecutors said the six were not plotting attacks inside the United States but were sending money, U.S. military uniforms, weapons and providing other support to terrorists overseas.