Breaking news coming out of New York where the Federal Bureau of Investigation has made arrests or a former Harlem High School teacher and his brother who were engaged in a massive bomb-making plot out of their apartment in the Bronx.
According to the FBI, Christian Toro, and his brother Tyler Toro were not only stockpiling materials necessary to make high powered explosives inside of a closet in their apartment but had even gone as far as involving students in their terrorist desires.
The explosive material found consisted of multiple elements including potassium nitrate, aluminum powder, iron oxide, confectioners sugar, and even a large "bag of metal balls" that could have been used to make the improvised explosive devices twice as destructive due to the potential for shrapnel which would strike bystanders after detonation.
Back on January 31st, Christian Toro was taken into custody charged with sexually assaulting a minor, according to New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio's office.
<a href="https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Mayor-de-Blasio-NYPD-FBI-Significant-Investigation-New-York-City-474227893.html"> NBC Channel 4 </a>in New York says that Toro resigned from the high school shortly December 4th when a threat was called into the school he was working at, after it was made known he was having an inappropriate relationship with a teenage girl.
Shortly after his resignation, Christian Toro returned a laptop to the district which was considered as school property. On that laptop, a note planning bomb-making steps was found, which tipped off the police and the FBI.
This led to a further investigation on February 8th by the New York City Police Department and the FBI who spoke to the Toro brothers.
The pair claimed that they'd accidentally downloaded the wrong material when they were trying to research the 2013 Boston Marathon bombers.
On Wednesday, federal agents went to Christian Toro's former high school to speak to students from his classroom and found out that the brothers paid a group of students $50 an hour to break down fireworks in order to obtain the materials necessary for their explosive compounds and stored it in containers.
This gave probable cause for a search warrant inside the Toros residence, which was executed on Thursday afternoon.
Upon entry to the unit, the bomb-making materials were found. Authorities say they also found a diary-style journal which referred to the two brothers as the "Twin-Toros," with cryptic phrasing such as "strike us now," and follow up sentences such as "we will return with nano-thermite."
"When you find out I threw away all evidence I could find in your room, I hope this doesn't turn into a scene from 'Goodfellas," one of the pages had scrawled into it.
Another page contained a note that said, "If you're registered as a sex offender, things will be difficult. But I am here 100% living, buying weapons. Whatever we need."
Police say that they also found a backpack with a note that said, "Under the full moon we will strike," but at this time the FBI has yet to announce what potential targets the duo were scouting for their attack.
The totals of the bomb-making materials found are alleged to be at least 20 pounds of iron oxide and five pounds of aluminum powder. That combination is used to make thermite, a highly explosive material.
Law enforcement also discovered two pounds of confectioners sugar, and five pounds of aluminum powder, which as a combination is essential for "fuel" necessary for the explosives.
The FBI, the NYPD, and the Mayor's office are expected to hold a joint news conference Thursday night to announce more details.
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