Six Arm Brokers For Tamil Tigers and Indonesia Charged

Six arms brokers for the Tamil Tiger terrorist group and Indonesian customers are being charged with trying to buy surface-to-air missiles and other weapons through undercover agents in Maryland.

Federal prosecutors say some of them visited Maryland and were allegedly buying weapons for the Tamil Tigers. All six men were arrested yesterday and today in Guam, where they met to examine the weapons.

At a press conference today in Baltimore, officials said undercover officers wined and dined one of the men in Baltimore. In the investigation, some of the men indicted were taken to a Havre de Grace police firing range to test out the weapons.

The Tamil Tigers are a rebel group that began fighting in 1983 for a separate state on the Indian Ocean island of Sri Lanka. Officials say the weapons would have been shipped to the country to help terrorists fight the government.