BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The director of the FBI says the bureau is continuing to focus on recruitment efforts by the Islamic State nationwide — not just in Minnesota, where three men were convicted last week.

Director James Comey says there are close to 1,000 open cases around the country related to the Islamic State group.

Comey says the number of people trying to travel to Syria has dropped since last August, but the number of cases has not dropped off.

He says the message of the Islamic State group seems to especially resonate with people who are "unmoored." He says the FBI hopes to convey a message to people that this is not a path to follow.

Comey spoke to reporters Tuesday after meeting with community leaders and local law enforcement in Minnesota.