The FBI arrested four MUSLIM men in New York City on Wednesday evening in an alleged plot to detonate a bomb and blow up a military plane.
Officials told The Associated Press the arrests came after a long-running undercover operation that began in Newburgh, NY MOSQUE.
The names and charges were not immediately known, but authorities said the suspects had planned to detonate a car with plastic explosives outside a temple in the Bronx neighborhood of Riverdale. The investigation had been under way for about a year.
FBI officials were expected to announce the arrests Wednesday night.Rep. Peter King of New York, the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, was briefed on the case following the arrests.
“This was a long, well-planned investigation, and it shows how real the threat is from homegrown terrorists,” said King.
FROM A PRESS RELEASE from the US Attorney’s Office:
The charges, which are contained in a criminal
Complaint filed yesterday in White Plains federal court, include
conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the United
States and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles.
The defendants are expected to appear in White Plains federal
court tomorrow. According to the Complaint:
In June 2008, an informant working with the FBI met
CROMITIE in Newburgh, New York. CROMITIE explained to the
informant that his parents had lived in Afghanistan and that he
was upset about the war there and that many Muslim people were
being killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by the United States
Military forces. CROMITIE expressed interest in returning to
Afghanistan and spoke to the CW about how if he, CROMITIE, were
to die a martyr, he would go to “paradise.” CROMITIE also
expressed an interest in doing “something to America.” The
following month, CROMITIE and the informant discussed the
organization Jaish-e-Mohammed, a designated Foreign Terrorist
Organization based in Pakistan, with which the informant claimed
to be involved. CROMITIE stated to the informant that he,
CROMITIE, would be interested in joining Jaish-e-Mohammed to “do
Beginning in October 2008, the informant began meeting
with CROMITIE at a house in Newburgh, New York that the FBI had
equipped with concealed video and audio equipment. During
meetings at this location, CROMITIE, DAVID WILLIAMS, ONTA
WILLIAMS, and PAYEN discussed their desire to attack certain
targets in New York, including a synagogue in the Bronx and
military aircraft located at the Air National Guard Base.
CROMITIE asked the informant to supply surface-to-air guided
missiles and explosives for the planned operations. The
informant responded that he could provide CROMITIE with C-4
plastic explosives. Read More NY POST
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