Authorities announced that they had arrested two men in connection with a terrorist plot to attack a Manhattan synagogue. The two men, whom the NY Post identifies as Moroccan Mohammad Mamdouh and Algerian Ahmed Serhani, are said to be "homegrown" terrorists born in Queens. According to the NY Times, the two men had sought to purchase hand grenades and guns for the attack, but authorities say their plan was still in the "aspirational" stages.

The Daily News says that the two men were caught on wiretaps discussing the plot, and that the plot had been hatched several months before Osama bin Laden's death. However, no specific synagogue had been targeted yet, indicating the plot was still in its early planning stages. One source told AP that Serhani was a drug dealer, and that the men planned to use the profits from that to pay for their weapons.

Serhani and Mamdouh have been charged under New York State terrorism law—unusually, the Joint Terrorism Task Force had declined to prosecute the case, because they say the plan was more aspirational than operational. The Manhattan district attorney's office is expected to hold a press conference later today with more details of the arrests.

Four men were found guilty last year of a 2009 plot to blow up synagogues in Riverdale, as well as shoot down military planes in Newburgh.