In the last year, more than a dozen Somali-Minnesotans have left the country to join radical groups in Syria, according to the FBI. That’s a miniscule fraction of the state’s Somali population, but the federal government is still taking notice.
US Attorney Andy Luger will soon launch a federally funded pilot program in the Twin Cities. The aim is to prevent radicalization among Somali youth.
Luger hasn’t revealed the details of the pilot, but he is adamant that the program won’t include any surveillance or intelligence collection.