There isn’t a Case Type: Possible Terrorist Recruit at the NCMEC but according to the NPR (National Public Radio), there appears to be teens missing and it raises the question are they volunteering to join suspected terrorist organizations such as the Somali hard-line jihadist group called al-Shabab, or The Youth or are they missing children, possibly runaways?
Minneapolis is home to the largest Somali expatriate community in the U.S. But the Midwestern city is now the scene of an international mystery: dozens of young Somali men have gone missing, and there are worries that the disappeared men are being drawn into a Somali militia group.
The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), doesn’t list any children missing from the United States whom are believed to be in Somalia. Newsweek magazine suggests in a recent edition about 20 young Somali-American men in Minneapolis have recently vanished.
Recruited For Jihad?
…Since al-Shabab is on the State Department’s list of terrorist organizations, traveling to Somalia to train or fight with the group is illegal. But security officials involved in the investigation have a bigger concern—that a jihadist group able to enlist U.S. nationals to fight abroad might also be able to persuade Somali-Americans to act as sleeper agents here in the United States.