Federal Agents on Thursday raided three churches across the South — including a church in Killeen, Texas said to be said to be ‘recruiting’ Fort Hood soldiers, local station KWTX reports.
In a statement emailed to the station, FBI Special Agent Carmen Portillo wrote: “I can confirm the FBI was executing court authorized law enforcement activity today in the vicinity of the intersection of Massey St. and E. Rancier Ave., in Killeen, Texas. No additional information will be released at this time.”
According to the report, one of the churches raided is the Assembly of Prayer Christian Church, located at 1013 Massey Street in North Killeen.
“Videos shared on social media on Thursday show law enforcement officers at the church. According to the Killeen Daily Herald, dozens of Google and Facebook reviews of the church refer to it as a ‘cult’ with a ‘habit of recruiting Fort Hood soldiers.”
The Assembly of Prayer Christian Church also goes by the name of House of Prayer Christian Church, according to its website.
The Killeen Police Department would not confirm their involvement Thursday although a Killeen police vehicle was seen in the video, KDH News reports.
Thew FBI also raided the House of Prayer Church in Hinesville, Georgia, near Fort Stewart and the Assembly of Prayer church in Augusta, Georgia, near Fort Gordon. Both of these churches have also been accused of recruiting service-members.
As noted by KWTX, The House of Prayer Christian Church has been the center of controversy in the community for years, including protests, and its leaders have been accused of abuse and separation of families.