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Massachusetts State Police are able to identify most of the 11 armed militia members who were arrested after a standoff which closed a portion of Interstate 95 in both directions for nearly nine hours Saturday morning.

Members of the group referred to themselves as members of a militia with “Moorish Sovereign Ideology.” They told troopers that they were traveling from Rhode Island to Maine to conduct “training.”

The situation began when a Massachusetts State Police trooper spotted two vehicles in the breakdown lane with their hazard lights activated on I-95 north at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday and stopped to offer assistance, according to MSP Superintendent Col. Christopher Mason.

The men were dressed in military-style uniforms with fatigues and body armor. State police said they also carried a combination of rifles and pistols, even though troopers later determined none of the men had a license to carry the firearms.

The trooper asked the men for identification and firearms licenses and when the men said they did not have them available, the trooper called for backup, according to Mason.–167387667/–167387772/–167387667/–167387772/–167387667/–167387772/–167387667/–167387772/–167387667/–167387772/

At some point during this interaction, a number of those individuals alight into the woodline with their firearms. A perimeter was quickly established,” Mason said.

Wakefield residents who live in the areas of Parker Road, Elm Street and North Avenue, as well as Reading residents who live in the Parker Road and Ash Street areas, were ordered to shelter in place during the standoff.

Stoneham police, meanwhile, advised all of the town’s residents to use caution and avoid areas of town that are near Interstate 95.

A group calling themselves “Moorish American Arms” posted a video on Instagram overnight showing armed members blocking the highway. In addition, live videos from the scene were shared by the YouTube account “Rise of the Moors.”

In one of those live YouTube videos, a man stated that he was broadcasting from Interstate 95 in Wakefield near Exit 57.

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