New York mayor: Anti-terrorist investment paid off with arrests
New York mayor Michael Bloomberg Thursday said that the huge effort to built counterterrorism systems in the city had paid off in the arrest of two suspects who had targetted a synagogue and the Empire State Building, DPA reported.
"By assigning 1,000 of our best officers to counterterrorism and intelligence duties, and by investing in high-tech systems that improve our ability to identify and react to potential terrorist activity, the NYPD has been able to prevent terrorists from striking our city since the attacks of 9/11," Bloomberg said.
The two suspects were arrested late Wednesday in Queens as they tried to buy hand grenades and weapons, the New York Times reported.
The two men - age 20 and 26, identified as an ethnic Moroccan and Algerian - planned to attack a synagogue in Manhattan and kill as many Jews as possible, according to New York police chief Ray Kelly. The Empire State Building was also in their cross-hairs, Kelly said.
The two men reportedly were acting alone and not in connection with the international terrorist network al Qaeda.