“Arrests in Minneapolis, San Diego in Terrorism Investigation,” by Amy Forliti, Associated Press, April 19, 2015:
Authorities in Minnesota say arrests have been made in connection with their terrorism investigation into youth who have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to fight with militants, including the Islamic State group.
A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said the arrests were made Sunday in Minneapolis and San Diego but there is no threat to public safety. Spokesman Ben Petok did not elaborate on the number of people arrested or give details about the charges. He said more information would be released Monday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI planned a news conference Monday to announce details. Monday’s news conference was billed as an announcement of a joint terrorism task force operation.
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 Minnesotan has died while fighting for the Islamic State.
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….