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June 22, 2006

FBI arrests 7 in terror plot

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Christian Beckner on June 22, 2006

Given the limited information so far, it’s hard to know what to make of this as of tonight:

The FBI has arrested seven people in the US city of Miami who were planning to blow up Chicago’s Sears Tower and other targets, officials say.

No weapons or bomb-making equipment was found as the arrests were made over the past two days.

The seven, reportedly mainly Americans, were detained in the poor Liberty City district in northern Miami.

They had no apparent link to al-Qaeda or other international groups, according to officials quoted by AP.

Another source, quoted by the Reuters news agency, said that the group had been infiltrated by a US agent, whom the members believed to be connected with al-Qaeda.

Given the timing, perhaps there’s a connection to the Toronto plot? DOJ and the FBI are having a news conference tomorrow to provide more details.

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