Twin Brothers Arrested in New York City Bomb Plot

Feb. 16, 2018
Twin brothers were arrested with bomb-making materials during a dawn raid at their Bronx apartment.

NEW YORK -- Twin brothers were arrested with more than 10 kilograms of bomb-making materials during a dawn raid at their Bronx apartment by the FBI and the New York Police Department, authorities announced at a news conference late Thursday.

Christian and Tyler Toro, 27, were arrested with the material, some of which allegedly came from fireworks supplied by children, the NYPD deputy commissioner of intelligence and counter-terrorism, John Miller, said.

Police also found a diary referring to a plan called Operation Flash and notes including one which suggested the brothers were planning to kill children.

"'Under the full moon, the small ones will know terror,'" Miller said in quoting the note.

The investigation began with an alleged bomb threat on December 4 at a school in Harlem, Miller said.

On January 10, teacher Christian Toro resigned from his position at the school, and two days later his brother Tyler returned a staff laptop Christian had been using to the Department of Education, Miller said.

In reviewing the contents of the laptop, department staff allegedly found a file with instructions on making a bomb, which led them to notify the police.

Further investigations led to Thursday's raid and the brothers being arrested, charged with possessing explosive precursors and giving explosives to minors.

Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters that while the investigation was ongoing, there was no additional imminent threat to New York.

"Once again, we are going to go forward tomorrow with that spirit of resiliency for which New Yorkers are famous," he said on Twitter.


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