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The Star Tribune, Renee Jones Schneider,File, Associated Press
In this Sept. 28, 2014 file photo, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger speaks in Minneapolis during a Somali community meeting on stopping the state's youth from being recruited to fight a jihad overseas. Local Somalis say Luger's open, energetic approach to the problem is like none they've see before and they are filled with a new hope.

MINNEAPOLIS — For several months, U.S. Attorney Andy Luger has been meeting with members of Minnesota's large Somali community, and listening to their concerns.

It's all part of a community engagement effort designed to build trust.

For years, Minnesota Somalis have been trying to stop extremists from recruiting their youth to fight with terrorist groups overseas.

They say they feel Luger is a government ally who listens to their concerns and takes action.

They are also hopeful, as Luger plans to bring local Somalis to Washington with him in the near future as part of a pilot project to combat terror recruiting.

Mohamed Farah is executive director of the youth group Ka Joog. He says he's more than ever that the government and community can work together to solve the problem.