Al-Qaida Inspired Militants a New Threat
Posted May 9, 2007 7:47 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
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.