Jim Kouri, Examiner, May 13, 2011
New York City undercover detectives arrested two male suspects who purchased weapons as part of an alleged terror plot to impersonate Jewish worshippers in synagogues and then randomly murder members of the congregations by planting an improvised explosive device (IED), a police source told the Law Enforcement Examiner.
The suspects were identified as 26-year old Ahmed Ferhan and 21-year old Mohamed Mamdouh both of North African. They were alleged to have said they planned to attack the Empire State Building, as well.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the men–one naturalized citizen and the other a legal immigrant–were arrested Wednesday immediately after purchasing weapons from an undercover detective.
New York City is no stranger to terrorist attacks. The city has been victim to radical Hispanic terrorists (FALN), radical leftists such as the Weather Underground, and the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993. The largest terrorist attack in U.S. history on September 11, 2001 occurred in Manhattan.
Officials described the pair as Islamist extremists, but said they were “lone wolves” not connected to any formal group such as al-Qaeda.