Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a Bangladeshi MUSLIM man from Queens, NY, has been arrested by federal authorities in connection with a plot to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan. Nafis had proposed several sites for an attack including the New York Stock Exchange, saying he wanted to “destroy America.”
(He was arrested in a sting operation which the litigation jihadists from CAIR will immediately call “FBI entrapment”)
The Blaze Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested a man they say was plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York City, just blocks from the World Trade Center site. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested in a sting operation Wednesday morning after he parked a van filled with what he believed were explosives outside the building and tried to detonate it in a suicide mission, according to officials.
Earlier in the day, he went to a warehouse and assembled what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb using inert explosives provided by his “associates.” He also recorded a videotaped statement in which he said, “We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom,” federal prosecutors said.
But his “associates” were actually undercover officers who arrested him at the scene — and the bomb was not real. Authorities said Nafis proposed several spots for his attack, including the New York Stock Exchange — and that in a written letter taking responsibility for the Federal Reserve job he was about to carry out, he said he wanted to “destroy America.”
The Bangladeshi native reported having overseas connections to al-Qaeda, and traveled to the U.S. in January to carry out an attack, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn. He was trying to recruit people, but one was a secret FBI source, and Nafis was closely monitored as he tried to act out his plot. “Law enforcement officials stress that the plot was a sting operation monitored by the FBI and NYPD and the public was never at risk,” NBC 4 New York reports.
U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch from the Eastern District of New York issued the following statement concerning the alleged terror plot [via CNN]:
“As alleged in the complaint, the defendant came to this country intent on conducting a terrorist attack on U.S. soil and worked with single-minded determination to carry out his plan.
The defendant thought he was striking a blow to the American economy. He thought he was directing confederates and fellow believers. At every turn, he was wrong, and his extensive efforts to strike at the heart of the nation’s financial system were foiled by effective law enforcement.
We will use all of the tools at our disposal to stop any such attack before it can occur. We are committed to protecting the safety of all Americans, including the hundreds of thousands who work in New York’s financial district.”