BOSTON (AP) – The FBI is reaching out to Somali communities in New England after young men in Minnesota were recruited to travel to Somalia to fight with Islamic militants.

Warren Bamford, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston office, tells The Associated Press the FBI is staying in close touch with Somali leaders in Boston and Lewiston, Maine, where there are large Somali populations.

Bamford said Tuesday there is no evidence of recruitment going on in the Northeast.

Somali leaders in Boston say they are cooperating, but stress there is no connection to the Minnesota case and are concerned about racial profiling.

Three men have pleaded guilty in the Minnesota-based investigation into Americans for training by al-Shabab, a group linked to al-Qaida.


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