Four men have been arrested in New York City after undercover agents allegedly sold them fake explosives and a missile for terrorist attacks. They have been accused of plotting to bomb a synagogue and a Jewish community centre in the Bronx area of the city, and with conspiring to attack an Air National Guard base 100 kilometres upstate.
FBI Assistant-Director Joe Demarest said: “We targeted four individuals that planned and schemed to bomb two Jewish facilities here in the Bronx, and to take down military aircraft up at Stewart airport.” Last May, the three US citizens and a fourth man originally from Haiti, bought what they thought was a quantity of C-4 plastic explosive and a Stinger surface-to-air missile for the attacks allegedly planned for last night. They did not know that the C-4 was inert, the Stinger could not be fired, and the seller was an FBI agent. Each man is facing a life sentence, charged with plotting to use weapons of mass-destruction in the US, and conspiracy to use anti-aircraft missiles.