ISIS is Recruiting Somali Youths in Alberta, Group Warns

September 24, 2014 Updated: September 25, 2014

EDMONTON—The leader of a Somali group has written to the prime minister warning that young people in Alberta are being recruited to become fighters for the radical group ISIS.

In his letter, Mahamad Accord says he has solid sources, including elders, who say youths from the Somali community as young as 16 have signed up to become terrorist soldiers.

Accord, who is president of the Canadian Somali Congress Western Canada, says he doesn’t have any hard numbers on how many young people have been recruited. He says some youths who have left have called home from countries such as Turkey without any explanation.

Accord is asking the prime minister for help to reach out to disaffected Somali youth to counter ISIS recruiters.

The extremely violent insurgency by ISIS, also known as ISIL, broke out earlier this year, taking control of cities and land in parts of Iraq and Syria.