Terror Verdict Renews Focus on Somali-American Recruitment
The top law enforcement officer in Minnesota says the recent conviction of three Somali American men on terrorism charges should be a “wakeup call” for some members of the local ethnic Somali community whom he says continues to live in “denial” that community members could be targeted by Islamic State (IS) recruiters.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger was speaking after a court in Minnesota found three men guilty of conspiracy to provide material support to the IS group and conspiracy to commit murder abroad.
Luger’s office charged ten men in total, one of whom has already traveled to Syria and is fighting alongside IS. Six other men pled guilty, while three men – Mohamed Farah, Guled Omar and Abdirahman Daud – all in their early 20s, decided to stand trial.