Authorities: Warwick terror probe not a threat to security

State Police and FBI agents searched this home on Aspinet Drive in Warwick in connection with an ongoing investigation by the Joint Anti-Terrorism Task Force.

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The news that an alleged terror plot was discussed on a quiet Warwick beach is unnerving to those who live in the neighborhood.

Residents of Warwick’s Governor Francis Farms neighborhood said Thursday that the recent allegations — that three men allegedly discussed a terror plot on a local beach — is alarming, because the community is so private and quiet.

“It’s a little scary because it’s private here and not too many people know about this hidden treasure,” said Melissa Sousa of Warwick.

Sousa and Edward Cook, who are familiar with the beach in question, said when they heard that terrorism suspects had met on a Rhode Island beach, they had a sneaking suspicion that it was the beach in their neighborhood.

“That’s what came to my head. It’s not like going to Narragansett Beach — going to the beach and having people see you. No one’s going to see you down here,” Cook said.

According to an FBI affidavit, Usaama Rahim, David Wright, and an unnamed individual met on the beach Sunday.

The court documents says “according to Wright, at the meeting, Rahim told Wright and the third person that he was going to behead the intended victim in another state.”

Rahim, who was shot and killed Tuesday by Boston police, was under 24-hour surveillance. The 26-year-old was shot after police say he waved a large, military-style knife at officers and FBI agents.

Wright was arrested shortly after and is being held for conspiracy.

People who live close to the home on Aspinet Drive — which has been the center of an FBI search for the past few days — told Eyewitness News that they saw investigators removing items from the home.

A spokesperson for the FBI said no one from the home has been arrested — and that there is no threat to the security of the community.

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