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Man held in NYC plot to blow up Federal Reserve

10:40 PM, Oct 17, 2012   |    comments
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Police stand guard outside Federal Reserve Bank of New York building in Manhattan

 


 


NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities say a Bangladeshi man who came to the United States to wage holy war has been jailed in an FBI sting after attempting to blow up a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building. It's located in Manhattan, just blocks from the World Trade Center site.

According to a complaint, the suspect -- Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis -- went to a warehouse to help assemble a 1,000-pound bomb using inert material. He's also accused of parking a vehicle with the fake bomb inside next to the Federal Reserve and then attempting to set it off with a cellphone he believed was rigged as a detonator.

The complaint also charges that Nafis asked an undercover agent to videotape him saying, "We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom."

He also allegedly sought assurances from an undercover agent posing as an al-Qaida contact that the terrorist group would support the operation. But there was no allegation that Nafis actually received training or direction from the terrorist group.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says Nafis, who is 21 years old, came to the U.S. on a student visa.

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