The four men arrested Wednesday night for allegedly planning to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and gun down military planes were “not connected to another terrorist group,” New York Sen. Charles Schumer said in a statement Thursday.
The suspects, residents of the upstate city of Newburgh, were apprehended in a sting operation about 9 p.m. [Wednesday] in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. They were seized after planting what they believed to be bombs in cars outside the Riverdale Temple, a Reform synagogue, and the nearby Riverdale Jewish Center, an Orthodox synagogue, [New York City Police Commissioner Raymond] Kelly said.
The FBI had rendered inactive the 37-pound bombs, which contained the plastic explosive C4. After [James] Cromitie placed the devices in two cars, officers in a small armored vehicle called a BearCat swept in, blocking the path of the suspects’ sports utility vehicle.