MIAMI, Florida (CNN) — Seven people were in custody Thursday night after and state and local officials conducted anti-terrorism raids in Miami, law enforcement sources told CNN
The arrests were made in connection with the early stages of a plot to attack Chicago’s Sears Tower and the FBI building in Miami, the sources told CNN.
Officials said no weapons or bomb-making materials had been found in the searches so far. The Miami area is under no imminent threat, according to the FBI.
Law enforcement sources told CNN the seven arrests were made in connection with “suspected domestic terrorist activity,” and that documents related to the investigation have been sealed.
One of the arrests was made before Thursday, officials said.
The FBI said one search warrant was being executed in a warehouse near a housing project in Liberty City, a predominantly black and low-income area of Miami.
“We are conducting a number of arrests and searches, and we’ll have more about that when the operation is completed, probably tomorrow morning,” FBI Director Robert Mueller told CNN’s Larry King in an interview to be broadcast Thursday night.
ABC News is reporting that the alleged plots targeted the FBI building in Miami and the Sears Tower in Chicago:
Among those arrested, five were U.S. citizens, one was a permanent legal resident, and one was a Haitian who was in the United States illegally on a visa overstay, federal officials told ABC News.
The group has been under surveillance for some time and was infilitrated by a government informant who allegedly led them to believe he was an Islamic radical, a Justice Department official said.
The group had expressed interest and discussed bombing targets in Miami and the Sears Tower in Chicago, sources familiar with the investigation said.
Sources say the arrests reflect the government’s concern about so-called “homegrown terrorists.” It’s a threat FBI Director Robert Mueller discussed during a recent speech in New York.
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