Philadephia Inquirer: Six men charged with plot to attack soldiers on Fort Dix
Six foreign-born Muslims are accused of scheming to attack the Fort Dix Army post and massacre U.S. soldiers , a plot investigators say was foiled when the men took a video of themselves firing guns to a store to have the footage transferred onto a DVD.
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The alleged plot included conducting surveillance of the Army base and purchasing multiple firearms, including hand guns, shotguns and semi-automatic weapons, according to the federal complaint released this morning.
The bust came after several of the suspects were lured by a secret informant to a meeting with an arms-seller, according to the complaint.
Some of the would-be attackers have been living illegally in the United States, while others are legal immigrants, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Four are ethnic Albanians, one was born in Turkey, and a sixth was born in Jordan, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Officials identified the men as Dritan Duka, Eljvir Duka, Shain Duka, Serdar Tatar, Mohamad Shnewer and Agron Abdullahu. They are described as being in their early 20s.
The six had been under FBI surveillance for 15 months and prepared for their alleged plot by shooting paintball guns and real weapons in Gouldsboro, Pa., 30 miles southeast of Scranton, officials said. One had experience as a sniper in Kosovo, according to the complaint.
The men also allegedly watched jihadist videos in which Osama bin Laden urged them toward martyrdom.
In the complaint: the United States of America vs. Dritan Duka, the United States charges that Dritan Duka “did knowingly and willfully conspire and agree … to kill officers and employees in the Executive Branch of the United States Government.”
The complaints against the other four accused – Eljvir Duka, Shain Duka, Serdar Tatar and Mohamad Shnewer – are similar.
The sixth suspect, Agron Abdullahu, is charged with aiding and abetting.
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