US Arrests 7 Terror Suspects
27 Jun 2003, 15:38 UTC
U.S. officials say they have arrested at least seven men suspected of having ties to a Pakistan-based terrorist group.
FBI officials say the men were arrested in early Friday in a series of raids in three states, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. They are believed to be members of the extremist Muslim group Lashkar-e-Taiba, an anti-American group that also seeks to oust India from the disputed Kashmir region.
The FBI sources, quoted by several media groups, said federal charges against the suspects will be announced later in the day. They did not detail what charges would be brought.
The U.S. State Department added Lashkar-e-Taiba to its list of terrorist organizations two years ago. The Indian government blames the group for suicide attacks against government and civilian targets in Kashmir, a region claimed by both India and Pakistan. Lashkar-e-Taiba has denied targeting civilians.
Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.
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