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Viernes, 23 de junio de 2006

Detienen en Miami a siete presuntos terroristas que planeaban atentar contra la Torre Sears de Chicago

El Gobierno tenía un informador con quien las personas arrestadas discutían sus planes

 

Agentes del FBI que realizaban una investigación relacionada con actividades terroristas en Miami detuvieron a siete personas que planeaban atentar contra edificios federales en esta ciudad, la Torre Sears en Chicago y otros objetivos en el país.

"En los pasados dos días, el Gobierno ha arrestado a siete personas que conspiraban para llevar a cabo una guerra santa en Estados Unidos", señaló un miembro de las fuerzas del orden bajo garantías de anonimato. "Creían que estaban en contacto con Al Qaeda", destacó la mencionada fuente, añadiendo que los sospechosos estaban tratando de comprar armas y otros materiales para llevar a cabo los ataques".

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El Gobierno tenía un informador con quien los presuntos terroristas -en su mayoría ciudadanos estadounidenses, según la BBC- discutían sus planes. "No había amenaza inmediata, porque sólo se trataba de discusiones", señaló la fuente, citada por la agencia Reuters.

Mapa: El MundoLa Fiscalía Federal del distrito sur de Florida confirmó, en un comunicado, que se realizaron "detenciones como parte de una investigación relacionada con un asunto de terrorismo", pero no dio más detalles sobre la operación, asegurando que hoy serán divulgadas más informaciones.

Según canales locales de televisión, los agentes llevaron a cabo una orden de allanamiento en un conjunto de viviendas de bajos ingresos en Liberty City, en el noroeste de Miami. Imágenes de la televisión mostraron a equipos especiales de la Policía en el área sujeta a investigación.

Florida estuvo vinculada con investigaciones sobre los atentados terroristas del 11-S, después de que las autoridades detectaran que las personas acusadas de secuestrar carios aviones y atentar contra las Torres Gemelas del World Trade Center de Nueva York vivieron en este estado.

El egipcio Mohamed Atta y el saudí Maruan al Shehi, a quienes Estados Unidos responsabilizó de tripular los dos aviones que se estrellaron contra los rascacielos de Nueva York, fueron alumnos de una escuela de aviación de Florida en los años 2000 y 2001.

En el juicio contra la célula española de Al Qaeda de la Audiencia Nacional se mostró parte de los vídeos grabados en EEUU por Abu Musab. En las cintas aparecen las Torres Gemelas, la Torre Sears de Chicago y otros lugares emblemáticos que, para la acusación, eran posibles objetivos de atentados terroristas.

Official: 7 Arrested in Sears Tower Plot
Inside a city warehouse, authorities believe, a group was hatching the early stages of a widespread terror plot -- one that targeted Chicago's Sears Tower, an FBI office in Miami and other U.S. buildings.

On Thursday, authorities swarmed the warehouse in Miami's Liberty City area, removed a metal door with a blowtorch and arrested seven people, a federal law enforcement official said. Authorities in Washington and Miami were expected to release more details in separate news conferences Friday morning.

Neighbors who lived nearby said young men, who appeared to be in their teens and 20s, slept in the warehouse, running what looked like a militaristic group. They appeared brainwashed, some said.

''They would come out late at night and exercise,'' said Tashawn Rose, 29. ''It seemed like a military boot camp that they were working on there. They would come out and stand guard.''

The law enforcement official told The Associated Press the seven were mainly Americans with no apparent ties to al-Qaida or other foreign terrorist organizations. He spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to pre-empt the news conferences.

''There is no imminent threat to Miami or any other area because of these operations,'' said Richard Kolko, spokesman for FBI headquarters in Washington. He declined further comment.

Residents living near the warehouse said the men taken into custody described themselves as Muslims and had tried to recruit young people to join their group. Rose said they tried to recruit her younger brother and nephew for a karate class.

She said she talked to one of the men about a month ago. ''They seemed brainwashed,'' she said. ''They said they had given their lives to Allah.''

Residents said FBI agents spent several hours in the neighborhood showing photos of the suspects and seeking information. They said the men had lived in the area for about a year.

Benjamin Williams, 17, said the group sometimes had young children with them. At times, he added, the men ''would cover their faces. Sometimes they would wear things on their heads, like turbans.''

A man who called himself Brother Corey and claimed to be a member of the group told CNN late Thursday that the individuals worship at the building and call themselves the ''Seas of David.''

He dismissed any suggestion that the men were contemplating violence. ''We are peaceful,'' he said. He added that the group studies the Bible and has ''soldiers'' in Chicago but is not a terrorist organization.

Xavier Smith, who attends the nearby United Christian Outreach, said the men would often come by the church and ask for water.

''They were very private,'' said Smith, 33.

FBI Director Robert Mueller, questioned about the case on CNN's ''Larry King Live,'' said he couldn't offer many details because ''it's an ongoing operation.''

''We are conducting a number of arrests and searches'' in Miami, Mueller said, which were expected to be wrapped up Friday morning.

Managers of the Sears Tower, the nation's tallest building, said in a statement they speak regularly with the FBI and local law enforcement about terror threats and that Thursday ''was no exception.''

Security at the 110-floor Sears Tower, a Chicago landmark, was ramped up after the Sept. 11 attacks, and the 103rd-floor skydeck was closed for about a month and a half.

''Law enforcement continues to tell us that they have never found evidence of a credible terrorism threat against Sears Tower that has gone beyond criminal discussions,'' the statement said.

The warehouse owner declined comment. ''I heard the news just like you guys,'' George F. Mobassaleh told the AP. ''I can't talk to you.''

Several terrorism investigations have had south Florida links. Several of the Sept. 11 hijackers lived and trained in the area, including ringleader Mohamed Atta, and several plots by Cuban-Americans against Fidel Castro's government have been based in Miami.

Jose Padilla, a former resident once accused of plotting to detonate a radioactive bomb in the U.S., is charged in Miami with being part of a support cell for Islamic extremists. Padilla's trial is set for this fall.

Fuentes: www.elmundo.es
www.nytimes.com
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