Six suspected Islamic radicals have appeared in a US court, charged with plotting to attack Fort Dix army base in New Jersey. It is alleged they planned to kill soldiers with grenades and other weapons. The suspects were from former Yugoslavia, Jordan and Turkey. One was a US citizen.
“Terrorist attacks are not always going to be on the grand scale of September 11th,” Attorney Christopher Christie said. “They are not always going to involve commercial aircraft and thousands of deaths at one time.”
The men were arrested as they tried to buy rifles, after a 16-month sting operation. Prosecutors said FBI agents had infiltrated the group and recorded conversations about the attack.
“What we are witnessing here is kind of a brand new form of terrorism, “ FBI agent Jody Weis. “Today threats come from smaller more loosely defined individuals and cells who may or may not be affiliated with Al Qaeda but are inspired by their violent ideology. “
Prosecutors said the suspects acquired rifles and shotguns and cased Fort Dix. The alleged plot was foiled when a shop clerk told police about a video the group had made of themselves firing guns and calling for holy war.