FBI investigating 17 men chanting ‘Allah akbar-type stuff’, firing guns in desert near San Bernardino

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Federal and local authorities in California have been investigating a report of more than a dozen men firing guns in the desert.

FBI and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies detained 17 men of reportedly Middle Eastern descent who were camping and allegedly fired off hundreds of rounds in a remote part of Apple Valley on Sunday, reported CBSLA.

A county sheriff’s helicopter spotted the men walking by a creek with backpacks following a 911 call that reported hearing over 100 shots fired and seeing five to seven men wearing turbans and shooting “assault rifles, handguns, and shotguns,” reported CBS2.

“They were up all night chanting ‘Allah akbar’-type stuff,” said an officer in an audio recording from a police scanner.

All but one of the guns found were legally registered. Authorities said the men cooperated with officials and no arrests were made. “There was no evidence found that a crime had been committed by any of the subjects who were detained and they were released,” a Sheriff’s spokesperson said, according to CBS2.

The FBI will continue an investigation as the incident took place on federal land.

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