The Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced its agents have arrested six suspects of Somali origin in Minneapolis and San Diego on Sunday who were allegedly plotting to leave the United States and head to Syria to fight for ISIL. Some of them were planning to obtain false passports and travel to Mexico from where they were to go to Syria. According to FBI, one of the young men who was to travel to Syria shared the information about the plan with the FBI and thus helped the Bureau in foiling the plot.
Minnesota has a relatively large Somali community which, according to Somali activist Omar Jamal, knew about the apprehensions that took place yesterday. Jamal said that the arrests are probably linked to an ongoing probe into Islamic State in Iraq and al-Shabab.
Al-Shabab is a terror group based in Somalia that is responsible for the April 2 attack at a university in Kenya which killed more than 140 people. Jamal expressed the community’s concern about losing their friends and family members to the Islamic State.
Ben Petok, the spokesman for U.S. Attorney Andy Luger, said that the plans of the Somali men pose no threat to public safety.
It is estimated that more than 20 Somali men have gone from Minnesota to Somalia to join al-Shabab since 2007. Some of them have been charged, some of them are at large and at least nine of them are dead, report the media.