Authorities say 21-year-old man attempted to blow up Manhattan's Federal Reserve Building

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 1:45pm

Federal authorities have arrested a man who was allegedly plotting to attack the Federal Reserve in New York City.

Officials say 21-year old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis was arrested Wednesday morning when he parked a van filled with what he thought was explosives outside New York's Federal Reserve Bank and tried to detonate it.

The plot was thwarted and the arrest was undertaken as the result of a sting operation.

Authorities say the plot was monitored extensively and there was never a danger it would be carried out.

The suspect is described as a Bangladeshi national who lives in Queens.

Nafis arrived in the U.S. in January on a student visa.

In July he told a confidential informant he wanted to form a terror cell here in the U.S.

Nafis allegedly plotted several targets for his attack, including the New York Stock Exchange, but settled on the Federal Reserve Building.

He is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Nafis did not enter a plea and was ordered held without bail.


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