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Authorities Raid Albany Mosque, Make Two Arrests

By Associated Press

Albany, NY – The two leaders of an Albany mosque who were arrested in an early morning raid allegedly helped a man they thought was a terrorist purchase a shoulder-fired missile, according to federal authorities in Washington.

The FBI is holding a news conference Thursday afternoon to discuss the arrests in Albany.

Federal law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press that Yassin Aref, 34, and Mohammed Hoosain, 49, have ties to a group called Ansar al-Islam, which has been linked to the al-Qaida terror network.

Aref is the imam at the Masjid As-Salam mosque. Hoosain owns an Albany pizzeria and is one of the mosque's founders.

Heavily armed federal agents raided the mosque and a residence across the street early Thursday morning as Albany police blocked off the street.