Is South Florida a Terrorist Hot Spot?

"They can't be standing out here with a shotgun — that's for sure," said Scotto, while on an overnight foot patrol of Flatbush early today. "If they have a baseball bat, they'd better be on their way to a game."

State Sen. Carl Kruger, who represents the Brooklyn neighborhood, said "if Rabbi Lloyd would crawl out of his hole and show himself with his phantom troops that don't exist I'd tell him that he's the real terrorist."

Lloyd said in a press conference Sunday that approximately 50 members of his group would patrol the neighborhoods from midnight to 6 a.m. on three random days of the week. He said firearms would only be carried by people who were licensed and trained in their use. Others, he said, would carry bats.

Lloyd initially conceived of the patrols in response to fugitive Abdul Rahman Yasin's assertion that those responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing had originally targeted heavily Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Yasin is sought by the FBI in the bombing, which killed six people and injured 1,000 others.

On June 16, Lloyd suspended the plan after meeting with overwhelmingly negative response from Brooklyn residents and lawmakers.

Lloyd said he renewed his plan after the FBI warned on Friday that terrorists might be plotting to use fuel tankers to carry out attacks against Jewish neighborhoods.

When Lloyd first announced his intentions two weeks ago, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said anyone carrying a gun in such a patrol would be arrested.

Lloyd claimed the next patrol would be Tuesday night.

—The Associated Press

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