The suspects, who live in the Rochester-area, were armed with 23 rifles and shotguns, as well as home-made explosives.
Rabat – Islamophobia is present in all parts of the world. International news outlets reported on Wednesday that four individuals were planning to bomb a Muslim community in the town of Islamberg, 240 kilometers northwest of New York city.
Authorities identified the suspects as Brian Colaneri, Andrew Crysel, Vincent Vetromile, and an unnamed 16-year-old.
The first three suspects are aged between 18 and 20.
All three adults face conspiracy charges, reported Al Jazeera.
The suspects were in possession of 23 rifles and shotguns in addition to home-made explosives.
Police opened an investigation after a student made a suspicious comment at school last Friday, according to Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan.
Phelan said that the 16-year-old showed students a picture of another boy on his phone and said: “He looks like the next school shooter, doesn’t he?”
Phelan said that another student who heard the comment reported the 16-year-old. School security services and police summoned students for statements. Then the student told police about the individual’s plot to attack an Islamic community in Delaware county, New York.
Quoted by ABC, Phelan said that the bombs were made of black powder, nails, and BB pellets.
The 16-year-old has a criminal history and has spent time in a penitentiary.
According to a CNN index, there have been over 280 school shootings in the US since 2009. The issue led to an activism movement called “March For Our Lives,” calling for stricter gun control in the US.
The march followed a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that resulted in 17 students’ deaths.