First Somali town hall forum since Minnesota men charged with planning to join ISIS

Six young Somali men were arrested and charged for planning to join ISIS.
Their families and many who are a part of the Somali community believe they were entrapped.

U.S. Attorney Andy Luger and the local head of the FBI Richard Thornton took questions from families and the Somali community making it the first public forum since the arrests.

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Andy Luger called all recent allegations of entrapment false. "We don't set people up... I won't do it, I won't stand for it and it's not something we do" Rumors have been building from many Minnesota Somali's since the arrest of the six men.

"We want you to stick to your job and not try to be the heroes to save anybody else"

"We need resources and we need to engage our young people"

Questions about the terror investigation and the controversial "countering violent extremism" program, which some from the Somali community feel it wrongly singles them out.

Andy Luger defended the countering violent extremism program and its ability to bring money into the Somali community. "A number of us who are involved in this nationally said to the white house we don't appreciate the term and we aren't going to use it... but we were asked to build a program in Minnesota that the community asked for"

Both sides left the forum and promised continued conversation, which they hope leads to progress.


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