Two Arrested in New York City Synagogue Attack Plot Sting

| May 12, 2011

Two men allegedly trying to buy weapons including three pistols and hand grenades as part of a plot to attack Manhattan synagogues were arrested in New York City, averting a terror threat, law enforcement sources said.

This is the 13th plot thwarted against the city since the Sept. 11, law enforcement officials said.

The men were arrested last night in Midtown Manhattan as part of a police operation that had begun prior to Osama bin Laden's death and was not a result of any retaliatory plan, sources said.

While the suspects, identified by authorities as Mohamed Mamdouh from Morocco and Ahmed Ferhani from Algeria, allegedly talked about attacking synagogues in Manhattan, no specific synagogue had been targeted, law enforcement sources said.

They will be charged under the New York state's anti-terror laws and will appear in court today. Federal prosecutors are aware of the case but declined to charge them under federal terrorism laws.

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