Reports: Dozens of MN cops named on Islamic State-related 'kill list' - Bring Me The News

Reports: Dozens of MN cops named on Islamic State-related 'kill list'


Hackers associated with the Islamic State militant group have released a list of names on a "kill list," and 36 Minnesota police officers are among those listed, according to reports.

The Washington Times says hackers affiliated with the terrorist group posted the list on Telegram, an encrypted mobile app. It was published by the Caliphate Cyber Army.

Vocativ says their "deep web analysts" found the information on the mobile messaging service. And the source describes the finding as a "kill" or "wanted" list.

Chief Division Council Kyle Loven with the FBI told BringMeTheNews they're actively looking into the list to find out who exactly is responsible and what their motivations are.

Minnesota officers listed

The list includes names, home addresses, email addresses and phone numbers of the men and women, Vocativ reports. The site says police throughout the state of Minnesota are listed; however, the highest concentration of officers are located in the Twin Cities area.

The St. Paul Police Department told FOX 9 four of their officers are listed. And the Pioneer Press says the department is working with the FBI to make sure their officers are safe.

A Minneapolis Police Department spokesperson told MPR News none of their officers were named.

Vocativ says cyber hackers with ties to ISIS have posted details about American law enforcement officials before. Last year, the United States Central Command's Twitter account was hacked and information about U.S. soldiers was released.

And in November, another group posted information about people who worked with American security agencies.

Terrorist recruitment in Minnesota

Terrorist recruitment has been an issue in Minnesota. At least 10 men have been charged with supporting ISIS and dozens are believed to have left the state to join al-Shabab.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said last spring the state has a "terror recruiting problem."

Last fall, a government task force published a report looking at the cases of 58 individuals who left the U.S. to fight with Islamist militant groups overseas. It found 15 of those people came from Minnesota, the highest amount from any state.

It’s a concern for the local Somali community as well (Minnesota has the largest Somali population in the U.S.), with murmurs of young men leaving and little way to verify what happened to them.

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