4 accused of having IEDs to attack Muslims near Binghamton

4 accused of having IEDs to attack Muslims near Binghamton

According to court papers, the suspects had built three improvised explosive devices "in the shape of a mason jar wrapped in duct tape".

After conducting the investigation, police discovered a plot to attack the Muslim community of Islamberg, New York.

Police said at least three of them served together as boy scouts. We've seized, through these warrants, we've seized numerous electronic items, phones, computers.

A seemingly offhand remark in a high school lunchroom set off an investigation that uncovered an arsenal of weapons and a plot to attack a Muslim enclave in upstate NY, law enforcement officials said.

All are charged with criminal possession of a weapon and conspiracy.


They were found in the 16-year-old's home, a police officer added. It was uncovered after the 16-year-old who's been arrested talked to friends in the lunchroom at his school.

Greece Chief of Police Patrick Phelan hailed the swift investigation as an example of how teaching kids to "see something, say something" can work.

The three adults arrested were 20-year-old Brian Colaneri, 18-year-old Andrew Crysel and 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile.

"They trusted their instincts and used what they learned in school", she said.

The community was started in the 1980s by a group of followers of the Pakistani cleric Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, the Associated Press reported in 2017. "They are being examined right now at the Federal Bureau of Investigation lab in Quantico".


Islamberg is a community operated by The Muslims of America, an indigenous American Muslim organization based in the USA, according to the AP.

Had students not come forward with their concerns, "people would have died", he said. The initial settlers were predominantly African-American Muslims who left New York City looking for a better place to practice their religion and raise their children.

In March 2015, authorities arrested a Tennessee man named Robert Doggart for plotting an Islamophobic attack on the compound. "I don't know how many and who, but people would have died", Phelan said.

On Tuesday, authorities added that they are working with federal law enforcement to see if any additional charges could to be filed against the suspects.


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