Shul ‘terror plot gang’ in court

May 21, 2009

Four suspected terrorists have been arrested by police who claim they caught them planting bombs near two Synagogues in the Bronx area of New York.

State prosecutors say James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payen, planned to detonate a car filled with plastic explosives outside the Riverdale Temple and the Riverdale Jewish Centre.

In April the group are said to have agreed on the synagogue they intended to attack and conducted surveillance.

Mr Cromitie, who has Afghan parents, allegedly pointed to Jews in the street and said “If he had a gun, he would shoot each one in the head.”

The suspects also intended to attack military planes at the New York Air National Guard base at Stewart Airport, 60 miles outside New York City.

The four, who were being watched by the FBI for over a year, brought their missiles from an FBI informant who provided the group with an “inactive missile and inert explosives”, according to Joseph Demarest of the FBI.

“They had bags that were set up that they believed to be bombs, carrying about 30 pounds of explosives which they believed to be explosives," he added.

The have been charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and are due to appear in court today.

Last updated: 2:57pm, May 21 2009