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Fort Dix Plot Has Poconos Tie

Tuesday, May 8, UDPATED: 11:52 a.m.
By Scott Schaffer

The Associated Press reports six men described as "Islamic radicals" are accused in a plot to attack Fort Dix.

A federal prosecutor's spokesman said the group aimed to "kill as many soldiers as possible."

According to the complaint, four of the suspects were born in the former Yugoslavia, one in Jordan and one in Turkey.

A law enforcement official said the men were arrested Monday trying to buy automatic weapons. The sale was set up by authorities who had been investigating the men for more than a year.

Court papers indicate the men did some planning and some training for their terror plot in the Gouldsboro area just weeks ago.

Investigators said the six suspects spent time at this house near Big Bass Lake community and trained nearby in state game lands.

Authorities said beginning February first one member of the group rented a home at the Big Bass Lake gated community 2717 Eagles View Drive in Covington Township, Lackawanna County. That is roughly 130 miles from Fort Dix.

On February 2 authorities said they videotaped the defendants involved in firearms training in the state game lands near Tobyhanna Army Depot. The game lands are in the Brady's Lake area of Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County.

Court papers said the suspects used several semi-automatic rifles, a shotgun and a Beretta handgun during the training.

During one conversation, months before the Pocono trip, prosecutors said suspect Mohammed Shnewer told the alleged conspirators "there is a nice place we can train in Pennsylvania. It's two hours from here."

It's also alleged that during their February stay in the Poconos the suspects discussed which targets they wanted to hit and what kinds of explosives they wanted to use.

It appears the suspects only stayed in the Gouldsboro area rental house for the first few days of February.

Newswatch 16 continues to follow this developing story and will have the latest information as it becomes available.
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