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Official: 7 arrested in Sears Tower plot

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  • Greg Cannon
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      Official: 7 arrested in Sears Tower plot

      By KELLI KENNEDY, Associated Press Writer 9 minutes
      ago

      MIAMI - Seven people were arrested Thursday in
      connection with the early stages of a plot to attack
      Chicago's Sears Tower and other buildings in the U.S.,
      a federal law enforcement official said.

      The official told The Associated Press the alleged
      plotters 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 news conferences planned for Friday in
      Washington and Miami.

      Miami U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta said in a
      statement that the investigation was an ongoing
      operation and that more details would be released
      Friday. Local media reported that agents were raiding
      a warehouse in Miami's Liberty City section.

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

      Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was scheduled to
      hold a news conference Friday to discuss the raid. A
      simultaneous news conference was to be held in Miami.

      Cedric Thomas, an owner of Thomas Produce Market, told
      The Miami Herald the area around his store was teeming
      with federal agents.

      "There is a ton of guys in uniforms moving around,
      blocking the streets," Thomas said.

      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 North
      American terror cell.

      ___

      Associated Press Writer Mark Sherman in Washington,
      D.C., contributed to this report.
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