Police: 2 men plotting NY terror had guns, grenade

(AP) - Two U.S. residents, including one who complainedthat the world was treating Muslims "like dogs," bought guns anda grenade and wanted to carry out

NEW YORK - (AP) - Two U.S. residents, including one who complainedthat the world was treating Muslims "like dogs," bought guns anda grenade and wanted to carry out a terror plot against a New Yorksynagogue, officials said Thursday.

One of the alleged homegrown terrorists also expressed interestin bombing the Empire State Building, police Commissioner RaymondKelly said.

But there was no indication that the plot orchestrated as partof a sting operation ever put New Yorkers in danger and no evidencethat the men were affiliated with any terrorist organization.

Ahmed Ferhani, a 26-year-old of Algerian descent, and MohamedMamdouh, a 20-year-old of Moroccan descent, plotted to bomb a"major synagogue" in Manhattan and bought several weapons and aninert hand grenade from an undercover officer, city officials saidin announcing the arrests.

Ferhani and Mamdouh were arraigned in Manhattan court lateThursday afternoon. Ferhani wore a pin-striped suit and carried aYankees cap, Mamdouh was wearing jeans. They were being heldwithout bail and face life in prison if convicted.

Their attorneys said the two denied the charges.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Authorities say Sophia Hernandez was abducted from a 1 Amber Alert issued by Bridgeport police for 6-year-old girl
Joseph Rivera, Hernandez' cousin, describes Hernandez as quiet 2 Family of suspect in abduction, homicide relieved by daughter's safe return
The Amber Alert issued by Bridgeport police for 3 Missing Bridgeport girl found safe, suspect captured
Weather Kids: Stanwich School 4 Weather Kids: Stanwich School
Crews worked Thursday to recover the wreckage of 5 Crews recover East Haven plane wreckage; victims identified

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE