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Continued: FBI fears Somalis from Minneapolis may fight in Syria

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 3, 2014 - 11:06 PM

Mohamud Noor, interim executive director of the Confederation of Somali Community in Minnesota and a member of the Minneapolis school board, said he met with the FBI and then attended the meeting, which was at a monthly Brian Coyle staff meeting.

The FBI is being “more proactive” Noor said, trying “to address the situation before it becomes a reality.” Asked if agents gave details on what they knew, he said that had not shared “tangible” information, but expressed their concerns. “They want to hear if people are missing or something isn’t right,” he said “I think they are not managing a crisis; they are trying to avoid a crisis.”

Bihi said that although “the FBI and law enforcement is doing a wonderful job,” he worried that the Somali community has been given few resources to tackle the kind of problems that lead to the radicalization of vulnerable Somali youth where unemployment is high.

He said there was a desperate need for after-school programming, sports programs, mentoring, job training and jobs. “They are spending millions of dollars fighting with drones in Somalia; they should be investing in the youth here,” he said. “We need that support.”

Randy Furst • 612-673-4224

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