Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Terrorist Suspects Arrested in New Jersey

A tip helped authorities arrest six New Jersey men Monday night in connection to an apparent terror cell, according to NBC 10’s sister station WNBC in New York.Five of them were arrested in Cherry Hill, according to reports.Investigators said the men planned to use AK-47s to storm Fort Dix and open fire on soldiers and civilians stationed at the New Jersey base, noting that other military locations were scouted by the terrorist cell.

Three of the unnamed suspects are brothers who are all believed to be Islamic radicals, according to sources. Some of the six arrested men were also born in Albania and the former Yugoslavia, but they have spent a significant amount of time in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to authorities.All six men were expected to face terror conspiracy charges Tuesday in federal court in Camden, N.J.Sources said the terror suspects traveled from South Jersey to the Poconos over the last few months, where they practiced firing automatic weapons.Before deciding to target Fort Dix, investigators said the group discussed targeting numerous other sites like Dover Air Base in Delaware, Fort Monmouth and several coast guard stations, according to WNBC.The station also reported that some of the suspects reviewed training films from Afghanistan that allegedly showed them how to carry out terror attacks.Fort Dix is a reserve training center, but also is home to active units, some of which focus on counter-terrorism.

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