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4 arrested for planning terror attack in NY

Four men were arrested on charges linked with planning attacks against a Jewish synagogue and New York military bases, the US district attorney said in a statement.

world Updated: May 21, 2009 08:43 IST

Four men were arrested on charges linked with planning attacks against a Jewish synagogue and New York military bases, the US district attorney said in a statement on Wednesday.

The men were arrested "on charges arising from a plot to detonate explosives near a synagogue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York, and to shoot military planes located at the New York Air National Guard Base at Stewart Airport in Newburgh, New York, with Stinger surface-to-air guided missiles," read the statement.

To obtain weapons, the defendants dealt with an FBI informant, who provided the group "with an inactive missile and inert explosives," officials said.

The men had been tracked over the past year, officials said.

The suspects were identified as James Cromitie, also known as Abdul Rahman; David Williams, also known as Daoud or simply DL; Onta Williams, also known as Hamza; and Laguerre Payen, also known as Amin and Almondo.

The statement was signed by acting attorney for the southern district of New York Lev Dassin, as well New York city police chief Raymond Kelly, and the acting head of the local Federal Bureau of Investigations office.