Three men and a 16-year-old boy have been arrested and charged over an alleged plot to attack a small Islamic community in New York state following a tip-off from a school student.
Suspects Andrew Crysel, 18, Vincent Vetromile, 19, and Brian Colaneri, 20, have all been charged with criminal possession of a weapon and conspiracy, with the 16-year-old boy also facing charges.
It will be alleged the group possessed homemade bombs and firearms they planned to use in an attack on the Islamberg community – a group conspiracy theorists believe to be a terrorist training camp.
The men, based in the town of Greece, are alleged to have made at least three improvised explosive devices containing nails and other projectiles using large jars, cylinders and duct tape.
Police confirmed the three devices were discovered the 16-year-old's home, while 23 other firearms were located at various locations.
The investigation was launched after comments made by the 16-year-old at school on Friday were overheard by a fellow student who notified authorities.
Three of the men are due to appear in court on Wednesday.
Formed by a group of African-American Muslims from New York City, the Islamberg community follows the teachings of Pakistani Sufi cleric Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani.
During the 1980s, the Pakistani cleric urged his American followers to leave metropolitan areas and establish rural communities centred on religious life.
Locals describe the group, comprising of mainly African Americans, as peaceful and friendly.
However, conspiracy-led media outlets have long suggested the group is a training camp for Islamist militants. As such, this is not the first time an attack has been plotted.
In 2017 a Tennessee man was jailed for plotting to burn down the community's mosque.
As of the 2010 United States census, Greece had a total population of 96,095.
Being a part of the Greater Rochester Metropolitan Area also means Greece contributes to the growing prosperity of the region.