New York City authorities said two men from Queens, described as hometown radicals, were arrested late Wednesday in Manhattan after buying guns and a hand grenade during a sting operation.The suspects have been identified as Ahmed Ferhani, of Algerian descent, and Mohamed Mamdouh, who is of Moroccan descent.
Investigators believe that the men were planning to attack unspecified synagogues in the New York City area. They characterized the suspected terror plot as aspirational, not operational.
Police, who had been tracking the suspects for months, believe that h men were acting on their own and not linked to any terrorist group or cell.
The NYPD, fearing retaliation, has been on high alert since a U.S. raid killed Osama bin Laden earlier this month.
This appears to be the 13th suspected terror plot thwarted in New York City since the 9/11 attacks.
Update: 2 Charged With Terrorism In Alleged NY Plot
2 men charged in alleged terror plot against NYC synagogues bought guns, grenade.
Two U.S. residents, including one who complained that the world was treating Muslims "like dogs," bought guns and a grenade and wanted to carry out a terror plot against a New York synagogue, officials said Thursday.
One of the alleged homegrown terrorists also expressed interest in bombing the Empire State Building, police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
But there was no indication...