Federal agents have arrested four men allegedly involved in a home-grown terror plot targeting Jewish synagogues and military aircraft in the New York area.
The investigation began last June and culminated last night when police arrested the four men. They were allegedly planting fake explosives around two Bronx synagogues, Riverdale Temple and the Riverdale Jewish Center.
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The city police commissioner said the men wanted to commit jihad.
"They planted satchels or bags, what they believed to be, to contain explosives in front of 2 Jewish temples," the FBI's Joseph Demarest said.
"This latest attempt to attack our freedoms shows that the homeland security threats against New York City are sadly all too real and underscores why we must remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent terrorism," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.
The FBI says the men targeted not only the synagogues, they also planned to fire stinger missiles at the National Guard air base in Newburgh, New York.
One of the men apparently told an FBI informant that he was upset about the war in Afghanistan and wanted to do "something to America."
"(They had) a hatred of the West. (They were) upset about deaths at the hands of U.S. military in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and also (had) a anti-sentiment toward the Jewish people," Demarest said.
Authorities say all four suspects are from the New York City area and recently converted to Islam.
The suspects, - James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen - were charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction within the United States and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles, the U.S. attorney's office said.