US attorney outlines federal pilot program designed to combat terror recruiting in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal pilot program designed to combat terror recruiting among Somali youth in Minnesota was touted Wednesday as a new beginning for the immigrant community, and will include a mentorship program, youth leadership opportunities and other initiatives.

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger joined imams, local officials, private partners and members of the Somali community to announce the progress they’ve made since the Justice Department unveiled the pilot project a year ago. Similar programs are underway in Boston and Los Angeles.

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