Terror plot against synagogues underscores threat

| May 23, 2011

A foiled plot to attack New York synagogues offered a distressing reminder to the Jewish community that Osama bin Laden’s death does not mean an end to the threat of terrorism — especially from so-called “lone wolves.”

New York police arrested Algerian-born Ahmed Ferhani, 26, and Mohamed Mamdouh, 20, a naturalized American citizen from Morocco, on May 11 in Manhattan. Police made the arrests, the result of a seven-month investigation, after Ferhani purchased guns, an inert hand grenade and ammunition from an undercover detective.

Police had monitored the pair via wiretaps.

Ferhani discussed disguising himself as a religious Jew, including growing payes, or side curls, and leaving a bomb or grenade in a synagogue — shooting any Jews who got in his way, if necessary, according to police.



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