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Youth suspected of joining Islamic State arrested by US security

A spokesman for the US Attorney's Office said the arrests were made and there was no threat to public safety.

By: Associated Press | St Paul (minnesota) |
Updated: April 20, 2015 9:19:22 am
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Arrests have been made in connection with a terrorism investigation into youth who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with militants, including the Islamic State group, federal authorities said Sunday.

A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office said the arrests were made Sunday in Minneapolis and San Diego and there was no threat to public safety. Spokesman Ben Petok did not give the number of people arrested or give details about the charges.

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The US Attorney’s Office and the FBI planned a news conference Monday to announce details.

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An FBI spokesman in San Diego referred questions to a spokesman in Minneapolis, who said Sunday he could not comment.

Authorities say a handful of Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to fight with militants within the last year. At least one has died while fighting for the Islamic State group.

Read also: Timeline: The ISIS insurgency and the world’s response

Since 2007, more than 22 young Somali men have also traveled from Minnesota to Somalia to join the terrorist group al-Shabab.

Four Minnesotans have already been charged in connection with supporting terror groups in Syria, including the Islamic State group.

One man, 19-year-old Hamza Ahmed, was stopped at a New York City airport in November as he and three others were attempting to travel to Syria. Ahmed has been indicted for lying to the FBI during a terrorism investigation, conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State group, and attempting to provide material support. He has pleaded not guilty.

But there have been no public charges filed against his three companions, and little information had been released about them. An FBI affidavit said they are all between the ages of 19 and 20.

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