Authorities in the United States have arrested seven people they say were planning to attack, among other targets, Chicago's Sears Tower.
The Sears Tower in Chicago was on the list of targets for a militant cell in the United States, officials claim. (Charles Bennett/Associated Press) The Sears Tower in Chicago was on the list of targets for a militant cell in the United States, officials claim. (Charles Bennett/Associated Press)
The arrests, made in Miami, allegedly foiled a plot that was in its early stages, according to U.S. law enforcement officials.
At 108 storeys, the Sears Tower is the tallest building in the United States.
The Associated Press reported Thursday evening that the suspects were mainly Americans, with no apparent ties to al-Qaeda.
MSNBC reported on its website that the suspects are men, "part of a radical Black Muslim group [who] were planning terror acts in Miami and Chicago ... The planned targets were the Sears Tower in Chicago and a federal building in Miami."
The U.S. attorney responsible for southern Florida, R. Alexander Acosta, said more details would be released on Friday when simultaneous news conferences are held in Miami and Washington.
Earlier this month, police in Ontario arrested 17 men suspected of planning to carry out bombing attacks in Toronto.