Saturday, August 20, 2005

Prison gang may be linked to U.S. terrorism plot

LOS ANGELES - A militant Islamic prison gang may have been behind a terrorist plot to attack Los Angeles-area targets on September 11 or Jewish holidays, investigators said.The group - known as Jamat Ul-Islam Is Saheeh, or JIS - is headed by an inmate at the California State Prison in Sacramento, law enforcement officials said. It has existed for about five years and is one of at least three Islamist groups operating in state prisons, officials said.Federal and local investigators are examining possible ties between members of the group and Hammad Riaz Samana, a 21-year-old college student and Pakistani national who was arrested August 2 in Los Angeles, said George Gascon, assistant chief of the Los Angeles Police Department.....Samana's arrest developed from a terrorism investigation in which authorities found what they believe was a target list after arresting two men suspected of robbing gas stations in Los Angeles County. The list included three California National Guard facilities, the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles and several synagogues.Authorities believe the attacks were to be carried out on September 11, the Jewish High Holidays or other dates. Authorities warned the consulate and National Guard that their buildings were on the list......


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