Informant: Fort Dix Suspects Trained for Jihad

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - An FBI informant says five men accused of
plotting to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey, shopped for guns
and practiced firing them during a trip to Pennsylvania they
intended as training for a holy war.

Besnik Bakalli testified that he had hoped the week in February 2007 would be merely a relaxing vacation. Instead, he said it turned out to be "training for jihad."

He said the men talked constantly about Islam, war between the
Muslim world and America and their respect for Osama bin Laden.
They also shopped for guns, went to firing ranges and played
paintball.

No attack at the Army base in New Jersey ever took place.
Defense lawyers deny the defendants were seriously planning anything.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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