Massachusetts armed group arrested after stand-off with police

Massachusetts armed group arrested after stand-off with police
Police held negotiations with the group, and all were taken into custody. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Police have arrested nine people after an hours-long stand-off with an armed group near Boston, Massachusetts.

The incident began early on Saturday when a police officer investigated two vehicles that had stopped by a highway near the town of Wakefield.

The occupants wore military-style uniforms and were carrying weapons. When asked for information, nine of them fled into nearby woods.

Officers later held negotiations with the group, and all were taken into custody.

The incident comes ahead of celebrations across the US to mark Independence Day.

Before the arrests were confirmed, Christopher Mason, State Police Superintendent, told reporters that the men were travelling from the state of Rhode Island for “training” in Maine. They did not specify what the training was for.

Police said no threats were made, but the armed group could be charged with firearms offences.

The assailants had said they were an anti-government organisation, initial media reports suggested.

In a video posted on YouTube, a man wearing military dress denied this and identified the group as Rise of the Moors.

Allegedly speaking from the highway where the group were stopped, the armed group member said they had been “abiding by the peaceful laws of the United States federal courts”.

On its Instagram account, the Rise of the Moors says it is a non-profit organisation “dedicated to the upliftment of fallen humanity” and seeks to “continue the work that Prophet Noble Drew Ali has laid down for us”. The Instagram account has over 17,000 followers.

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