U.S. NEWS Updated October 17, 2012, 4:40 p.m. ET–By TAMER EL-GHOBASHY And DEVLIN BARRETT, Associated Press –
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested a man in connection with a terrorist sting operation after he allegedly plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve building in New York City, according to people familiar with the case.
The suspect, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi national, was arrested Wednesday morning after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb inside a van parked at the New York Federal Reserve on Liberty Street.
The purported bomb, however, was composed of inert materials provided to the suspect, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, by an undercover FBI agent posing as an al Qaeda facilitator, federal prosecutors said in a news release.
Mr. Nafis came to New York in January with the intent to carry out a terrorist attack and allegedly attempted to recruit others to form a cell, prosecutors said. One of the people he allegedly tried to enlist was an FBI informant.
FBI and New York Police Department detectives then became involved in the investigation and monitored Mr. Nafis as he allegedly began to implement his plan.
According to prosecutors, Mr. Nafis wrote out a statement to claim responsibility for the attack on the New York Fed, in which he stated he wanted to carry it out on behalf of al-Qaeda with the desire to “destroy America” by targeting the nation’s economy.