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Al-Qaida Inspired Militants a New Threat

Posted May 9, 2007 8:47 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Six men accused of plotting to storm Fort Dix represent a new threat: militants inspired by but not linked to al-Qaida.

Prosecutors described the plot to attack the military base with automatic weapons as sometimes lacking in sophistication, the New York Times reports. The newspaper quoted Washington officials as saying there was no evidence of links to foreign terrorists.

The suspects allegedly prepared by shooting semiautomatic weapons on a firing range and playing paintball in the woods, according this separate story in the New York Times.

“This is a new brand of terrorism where a small cell of people can bring enormous devastation,” Christopher J. Christie, the U.S. attorney for New Jersey, said at a news conference yesterday afternoon.

Neighbors were surprised to learn about the charges against the suspects, who held jobs ranging from cab driver to roofer, the New York Times reports in a profile of their backgrounds.

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