Four arrested in NYC terror plot against synagogue and military planes

May 21, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The FBI and NYPD stopped a four-man homegrown terror cell Wednesday night who were attempting to blow up two Bronx synagogues.¬† The men also wanted to use surface-to-air missiles to fire at U.S. military planes, housed at Stewart International Airport, according to a criminal complaint filed in White Plains, New York.

Officials said the year long investigation culminated as the men tried to carry out an attack  without knowledge that the plastic explosives packed into their car bombs and the plane-downing Stinger missile in their backseat were all fake, supplied by undercover agents posing as Pakistani militants linked to Al Qaeda.

The suspects – three U.S.-born citizens and one Haitian immigrant – at least three of whom were said to be jailhouse converts to Islam, were angry about the deaths of Muslims in Afghanistan. Law enforcement officials identified the four men arrested as James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, all of Newburgh.


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