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Local Religious Compound Sparks Controversy
A religious compound just outside Charlotte has raised questions among some neighbors. The compound is called Holy Islamville and is populated by families who pledge their allegiance to a controversial leader who some say has links to terrorists.
Neighbors told Eyewitness News stories of weapons and secrecy, and terrorism experts said the compound's leader is a radical who supports jihad. But the residents of Islamville deny those rumors and even invited Channel 9's cameras in to see the York County community.
It's located at the end of a dirt road and populated by people affiliated with a group called Muslims of America.
Ali Rashid wouldn't say how many people live there now but insists the residents don't pose a threat to anyone.
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