The United States says law enforcement is investigating reports that some American women leave the country to join the ISIL terrorist group in the Middle East. Abdirizak Bihi, a community leader in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, said at least three Somali families have female relatives who have gone missing recently and may have tried to join the group, Reuters reported. In another case, a young American Somali woman from St. Paul left home on August 25 and flew to Turkey to join ISIL in Syria. This is the first case a female joining ISIL has been made public. FBI division counsel in Minneapolis Greg Boosalis said law enforcement was investigating the possible recruitment of other females in the area. "We are looking into the possibility of additional men and women travelers," he said. Boosalis added that the United States is concerned that American militants will return to the country one day and carry out terrorist attacks. "The obvious fear is of individuals coming back and committing a terrorist act here," Boosalis said. According to US media reports, more than 100 US citizens have traveled to Syria to fight against President Bashar al-Assad’s government. A recent US intelligence report said that 12,000 militants from 81 nationalities, including Americans and Europeans, have joined terrorist groups fighting against the Syrian government. The US and its allies in Europe and Middle East have been financially and militarily helping the militants in Syria in past years, ignoring warnings by many countries that such groups will one day turn their weapons against those who support them.