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SUSPECTED MILITANTS TARGETED

WASHINGTON - New York authorities raided several homes in New York early Monday as part of an effort to dismantle a suspected cell of local Islamist militants, law enforcement officials and a U.S. lawmaker said.

There were no arrests in the raids, which took place in Queens, and authorities would not comment on whether they were seeking suspects to question or charge.

Local and federal officials said that they do not believe any specific terrorist plot was disrupted by the action. They said officials had been monitoring a small group that espoused radical ideologies aligned with al-Qaida and other jihadist groups.

Suspicious behavior by at least some of the men over the weekend prompted authorities to go to court to seek search warrants. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, was one of several lawmakers briefed Monday on the raids. He said in a statement that authorities raided the properties in an effort to disrupt the plans of at least one suspect whose travels were being monitored by the FBI.

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