The FBI has foiled a plot by two white men to kill Jews and blacks in synagogues and churches.
Canine dogs and 15 police cars raided the home of one of the suspects, Ronald Beasley Chaney, and arrested him and his partner Robert Curtis Doyle. An accomplice, Charles Haldeman, also was arrested.
The FBI received a tip in late September that the two had scheduled a meeting to discuss a plot to bomber or shoot at Jews and blacks in houses of worship in Virginia and a gun dealer in Oklahoma. They had said they wanted to start a race war.
The FBI placed them under surveillance and used three undercover agents who agreed to sell them weapons and explosives.
They are to be arranged in a Richmond, Virginia court on Thursday for charges of conspiracy to possess firearms.
Doyle previously has been convicted for drug possession, embezzlement and theft.