Two terror suspects arrested in New York

Friday, May 13, 2011

New York - Police in New York City have arrested two men suspected of plotting terror attacks on the Empire State Building and a synagogue.

Ahmed Ferhani, 26, a legal U.S. resident of Algerian descent, and Mohamed Mamdouh, a 20-year-old Moroccan-born US citizen, were arrested immediately after purchasing weapons from an undercover agent, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told a press conference on Thursday.

"The men told undercover officers that they hated Jews and wanted to kill them," Kelly said, adding that one of the two suspects also expressed interest in blowing up the Empire State Building, a major New York landmark.

It was not immediately known which synagogue they were targeting, Kelly said.

New York City has beefed up security in major public locations in the wake of the killing of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden by US military forces in Pakistan.

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