New Jersey muslims condemn actions of men arrested in Albany terrorist sting

(08/05/04) PATERSON - Some New Jersey Muslim leaders have condemned the possible actions of two Muslim leaders arrested in Albany as part of a federal anti-terrorist operation.

Representatives of the Arab American Civic Organization say if the men in Albany are guilty of terrorist activities, then they are not true Muslims. The representatives say their religion does not teach them to harm other people.

FBI agents raided a mosque in Albany Thursday and arrested two men as part of an anti-terrorism sting. Federal officials say the two men laundered money in an attempt to purchase a grenade launcher from an undercover government operative. According to authorities, the men thought the weapon would be used to assassinate the ambassador at the Pakistani consulate. Authorities say the scheme was meant to punish Pakistan for cooperating with non-Muslims.

Members of a Paterson mosque say a plot similar to the one uncovered in Albany is unlikely to occur in New Jersey. They say anyone wishing to participate in terrorist activities would be found out by fellow Muslims and not allowed to carry out any harmful activities.

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