US Agents Arrest Alleged Terrorists
27 Jun 2003, 22:39 UTC
The United States has accused 11 men of training in the United States to carry out terrorist attacks in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir.
On Friday, U.S. agents arrested five suspects in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs of Washington, and another in Pennsylvania. Two had already been jailed and three are now believed to be in Saudi Arabia.
U.S. Attorney John McNulty says the 11 are charged with firearms violations and joining a terrorist group planning to attack a friendly nation. Mr. McNulty said the arrests are a stark reminder that terror groups are active in the United States.
The indictment says several traveled to Pakistan to train there with Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group battling Indian forces in Kashmir. The United States considers Lashkar-e-Taiba a terrorist organization with links to al-Qaida.
India blames Lashkar-e-Taiba for attacking parliament in New Delhi in December, 2001, and for a long series of suicide attacks against government and civilian targets in Indian Kashmir. Lashkar-e-Taiba denies targeting civilians.
Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.
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