PROFILE OF ABDUL KADIR: Disbelief in his hometown

Former mayor a suspect

As the case unfolds, many citizens were cringing from their return to the world spotlight after the Jonestown massacre of 1978, in which more than 900 men, women and children died in a mass murder-suicide instigated by cult leader Jim Jones. "First Jonestown, and now we are being compared to Middle East terrorists," said one shopkeeper.


Cops investigate. Police vowed to take a closer look at New York City's vulnerable infrastructure.

Suspects' other plan. A key member of Congress said the suspects had mulled crashing an aircraft into Kennedy Airport.

Defreitas' past. Those who knew alleged plotter Russell Defreitas described the Guyanese emigrant as a small-time hustler who lived at society's margins.

Local Guyanese reaction. They said they were shocked by the alleged plot, and urged the public not to judge them by the actions of the four suspects.

Howard Beach concerns. The alleged threat to the airport's fuel system troubled Howard Beach residents, some of whom had previously given little thought to the pipeline beneath their streets.

Kadir's kin stunned. In Linden, Guyana, friends and family of suspect Abdul Kadir said they were shocked by the arrest of the former Parliament member and that the onetime town mayor was no terrorist.

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