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.