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The Forbes reports that a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man tried unsuccessfully to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank building in lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning.
I felt very ashamed when I came to know that a Bangladeshi arrested by FBI as he attempted to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. The passenger sitting beside me at London Tube asked me if I knew this Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis before. I just replied him not to introduce this terrorist a Bangladeshi. A Bangladeshi by heart can’t be a terrorist.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000 pound bomb in New York’s financial district, but he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of a sting and no one was ever in any danger.
According to information released by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, Nafis came to the U.S. in January 2012 on a student visa in order to carry out a terrorist attack and claiming connections to Al-Qaeda. He tried to recruit in the U.S. and form a terrorist cell, but one of the individuals he attempted to recruit was actually a source for the FBI.
This morning Naif met with an undercover federal agent who had been posing as an Al Qaeda facilitator and drove in a van to a warehouse to assemble what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb inside the van. Together they drove the van to Manhattan and parked it next to the New York Federal Reserve Bank, and walked to a nearby hotel. Using a cell phone, Nafis then tried to detonate what turned out to be a fake bomb that had been assembled with bogus explosives provided by the undercover agent. The feds arrested Nafis immediately after he tried to detonate the bomb.
According to a criminal complaint filed on Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn, Nafis is being charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support for Al Qaeda. Nafis had also considered targeting the New York Stock Exchange and a high-ranking U.S. official. He claimed to the undercover agent this morning that he was prepared to carry out a suicide attack today if his bombing effort was derailed by police.
I can see that FBI is very much focusing the terrorist as Bangladeshi and the USA news agencies are also following FBI. I am hoping Bangladesh may clarify the identity of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis and his previous activities if she really holds.
It is the time for Bangladeshi intelligence community to investigate properly if there are infiltration of al-Qaeda‘s terrorists at Bangladesh.