Washington: California police have arrested 17 people and seized weapons such as AK-47 rifles, pistols and machine guns in connection with shootings at gurdwaras and other places in Stockton and Sacramento. These arrests have been made during raids at more than 20 places.

California Attorney General Rob Bonta, Yuba City Police Chief Brian Baker and Sutter County District Attorney Jennifer Dupre said Monday that 17 accused, mostly members of the local Sikh community, were arrested during a massive operation to execute search warrants at 20 locations in Northern California on Sunday.

Dupre told a news conference that the two arrested men were members of the mafia and were “wanted in a number of murder cases” in India. There are five counts of attempted murder in Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Yolo and Merced counties.

Members of these groups were allegedly involved in the shooting at a Gurdwara in Stockton on August 27, 2022 and at another Gurdwara in Sacramento on March 23, 2023. According to a press release, during the investigation, law enforcement officials were able to prevent firing incidents in two other places.

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