A Bangladeshi national who attempted to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank building in New York with a remote bomb that was planted by law enforcement pleaded guilty to terrorism charges, the FBI said.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, believed he was going to detonate a 1,000-pound explosive device in front of the Federal Reserve in October, potentially killing a large number of people and a massive loss of public property, but it turned out the device was a dud given to him by an undercover FBI agent, according to a press release issued by the FBI on Thursday.
Nafis came to the United States in January 2012 from Bangladesh and in the next year, he attempted to recruit several individuals into a U.S.-based terror cell to carry out a terrorist attack.
However, one of the individuals he contacted was actually an undercover FBI agent. Nafis was then monitored by the FBI and the NYPD when he tried to implement his plan to “destroy America” by attacking the U.S. economy via bombing the Federal Reserve building, the release said.
The undercover agent supplied Nafis with 20-pound to 50-pound bags of purported explosives before Nafis purchased the detonation components. Nafis then carried out his own surveillance to carry out the bombing in Lower Manhattan.
“Throughout his interactions with the undercover agent, Nafis repeatedly asserted that the plan was his own and was the reason he had come to the United States,” the FBI said.
On the day of the attempted attack, Nafis assembled the bomb in a van and then attached the detonator to the inert device before driving the vehicle along with the undercover agent to the New York Federal Reserve Bank, parking it there. He then walked to a nearby hotel and video-recorded a statement, saying: “We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom,” according to the FBI.
After that, he tried to detonate the bomb several times before U.S. officials arrested him.
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