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The informant - who posed as a member of Jaish-e-Mohammed, which wants to end India’s rule of Kashmir - told Mr. Cromitie that he could get him explosives and surface-to-air guided missiles, the FBI said.

After the four men hatched a plan to attack a synagogue in the Bronx and aircraft at an Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, according to the FBI, the informant sold them phony C-4 plastic explosives and Stinger surface-to-air missiles that wouldn’t have worked even had the plot gone off as “planned.”

The men were arrested after planting the phony explosives at a synagogue.

• Victor Morton contributed to the report.