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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

UPDATE: Southwest Missouri woman arrested for ISIS linked threats

BUFFALO, Mo.The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Missouri charged Safya Roe Yassin, 38, with communicating threats of violence over the internet. Authorities searched her home in Buffalo, Missouri on Thursday as part of their investigation. Buffalo is a small town about 40 minutes north of Springfield.

U.S. attorneys allege in August of last year, Yassin posted a tweet with the names, home addresses and phone numbers of two FBI agents with the words "wanted to kill." Authorities say that threat emerged from an account associated with ISIS. Investigators discovered several of Yassin's Twitter accounts and found the social networking service suspended some of them.

"The FBI went through both the back and front door with battering rams. Some people thought they heard gunshots, but it wasn't gunshots. It was the battering rams. Stuff like that happens in the big city, but we didn't expect that to happen here in a 3,000 population town," said Jeffery Melhorn, neighbor.

Yassin remains in federal custody. She's scheduled for a detention hearing in Springfield on Tuesday.

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