The head of the FBI in Minneapolis says the high-profile arrests of six young area men charged with plotting to join the Islamic State group haven't stopped others from aspiring to do so.

In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton said "there are people in this community that are at various stages along the path to traveling as we speak." He didn't elaborate on numbers.

About a dozen Minnesotans have traveled to Syria to join militants since late 2013.

When asked about the possibility of an attack in Minnesota, Thornton says every place is at risk, but authorities are working hard to ensure the public is safe. Authorities are also working on ways to counter messages that have lured some to terrorism.