Federal officials are still searching for an eighth suspect who is believed to have been part of a North Carolina terror cell.
Late Monday, th FBI arrested seven North Carolina men for allegedly planning a homegrown terror plot. They are being detained miles in an undisclosed location, far away from a quiet North Carolina town where they were being trained by Islamic radicals.
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"It's kind of scary to me to be honest with you," said Rob Roegner, a resident of Willow Spring, N.C. "I spoke to them. I never had any idea he was involved in something like that."
Residents of the Willow Spring, N.C., neighborhood watched in disbelief as FBI agents raided the home of 39-year-old Daniel Boyd.
Agents said Boyd was the ring leader who recruited his two sons and four other young American men in their 20s. Boyd had traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan to receive military-style training in terrorist training camps to engage in violent jihad.
Officials say the eighth suspect also traveled to Pakistan last year.
"The recruitment both then to radical jihadist movements as well as homegrown terrorists who want to attack us is here in the United States" former FBI agent Brad Garrett said. "And the real problem is how do you figure out who they are."
The FBI said the North Carolina men raised money and were willing to die as martyrs. But the men are not accused of planning specific attacks in the U.S.
Last week in New York, a 26-year-old Long Island man was charged with giving Al Qaeda details about the New York transit system and attacking U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan.
The FBI is also investigating why more than 20 young men of Somali descent from Minneapolis and other U.S. cities have gone to fight in jihad in Somalia.