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Muslim community that was foiled attack target in shock

January 23, 2019

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A Muslim group says news that four people planned an attack on their upstate New York community has sent shockwaves through the rural enclave.

The Muslims of America on Wednesday thanked authorities who say they foiled an attack on the rural community of Islamberg, west of the Catskills.

Police in suburban Rochester said Tuesday three men and a high school student had access to 23 rifles and shotguns, and three homemade explosives.

The Muslims of America said in a statement the alleged plotters and any accomplices should be fully prosecuted. They said it was tragic that religious intolerance continues to fester in the United States.

Three men face weapons possession and conspiracy charges. A 16-year-old is charged as an adolescent offender.

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