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Terror Arrests

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The community of Lodi, California, has been shaken by FBI claims that it's become the secret home of several people involved with al-Qaida.

The community of 6,200 people lies in the rural wine-growing country south of Sacramento.

People were stunned this week when agents swooped in to arrest members of a Pakistani-American family, a father and son linked to a plan to attack hospitals and supermarkets. Two local Muslim clerics are among three other suspects.

Mayor John Beckman says Lodi is home to 2,500 Pakistanis, who he says are a "very vibrant, healthy part of the community." Beckman says he doesn't want the town's new slogan to be, "Come to Lodi and taste our wines and meet our terrorists."

He's now trying to keep a lid on hate crimes.


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