A 40-minute recruitment video released Wednesday by international terrorist group al-Shabab features three young men from the Twin Cities.
The video called "The Path to Paradise" documents the lives of the three Minnesota "martyrs" after recruitment--from terrorist training camps to the battle field and eventually to each man's death, WCCO reports.
The violent video posted on YouTube lasted only a few minutes before it was blocked for its graphic content.
In the video, each of the men encourage others to join ranks and follow in their footsteps, a deliberate attempt to romanticize and glorify the journey to jihad, according to local advocates.
“This is the real Disneyland,” Troy Kastigar, who was killed four years ago, said in the video. "You can come here and join us."
For the past several years, federal agents have been investigating and prosecuting Minnesota's terror pipeline, WCCO reports.
The three were among as many as 20 Somali-American men between the ages of 17 and 27 who left their Minneapolis homes in 2007 and 2008 to join extremists in Somalia, the Washington Times noted.
Al-Shabab is in need of new fighters, FOX 9 reported, and hopes to the find them in the Twin Cities' large Somali population, which has high unemployment and lack of local programs to help Somali men and woman.
WCCO says the terrorist group is planning to release "part two" of the video, which is expected to involve more Twin Cities men.