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Another Minnesota man killed in Syria, reports say

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Another man with Minnesota ties has been reported killed while fighting with the terror group ISIS in Syria, according to multiple media sources.

FOX 9 is quoting sources who say the man's family in Minneapolis was informed of his death by State Department officials Wednesday evening.

The National Security Council said Wednesday it was aware of the reports of a second death, but could not yet confirm it, according to Reuters.

"We're aware of media reporting and social media activity indicating that a second American citizen associated with ISIL has been killed in Syria," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden. "At this point, we are not in a position to confirm those reports."

FOX 9's sources say the second man was killed in the same battle as Douglas McArthur McCain, 33, whose death was reported Tuesday. McCain, who grew up in the Twin Cities and attended high school in Robbinsdale, is the first known American to be killed while fighting with Islamic militants in Syria.

MPR News recently reported that up to 15 young Somali-American men from the Twin Cities have traveled to Syria to join ISIS and other radical groups.

Minneapolis is home to the largest population of Somalis outside East Africa and it has been fertile ground for Islamic terrorist groups looking for recruits. A few years ago, those young men were joining al-Shabab, a terrorist group operating in Somalia. Now the destination is Syria.

FBI investigator Kyle Loven told FOX 9 that terrorist groups are using many tools, including social media and YouTube to recruit young American men to fight in Africa, and they're targeting people who feel disenfranchised and are often unemployed.

Somali community activist Abdirazak Bihi said the extremists are now targeting young women as well, according to FOX 9.

"They are brainwashing them to marry them off to jihadists," he said. "They call them to help out as nurses, help out the wounded -- but the real catch is they will be sexually exploited."

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