MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Some members of Minnesota’s Muslim community are lashing out against a terror recruitment video released on New Year’s Day.

“The video that Al Shabaab released is a desperate attempt to instill fear and create hatred between Muslims, Somalis and the mainstream American community,” a spokesperson said at the meeting.

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The Somali-American Task Force was joined by Imams and other community leaders Monday night. They strongly condemned the message of the video that connected the Minnesota Somali community to extremism.

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They accused Al Shabaab of exploiting the African-American civil rights movement in an attempt to create ethnic and religious divides in the United States.

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The group also called on political candidates, the media and the general public to turn down the rhetoric that feeds Islamaphobia