Two men who officials said complained that Muslims “were being treated like dogs” were accused Thursday of conspiring to blow up a synagogue and were being held on terrorism and hate-crime charges in New York.
The men were arrested Wednesday night while they buying guns and an inert hand grenade from undercover officers, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said at an afternoon news conference attended by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Manhattan Dist. Atty. Cyrus R. Vance Jr. The case began before the killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden on May 2 during a U.S. raid in Pakistan.
Officials called it the 13th attempted attack by Islamic militants on New York since Sept. 11, 2001.