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Queens man pleads guilty to Federal Reserve bomb plot


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The Bangladeshi national said that he wanted to “destroy America.”

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, pleaded guilty Thursday to attempting to bomb the New York Federal Reserve Bank, resolving to commit mass murder last October, according to the FBI.

Nafis first came to the United States last January on a student visa, but his intentions were instead to execute a terrorist attack on the behalf of al Qaeda.

“As [the] guilty plea shows, [Nafis] came to this country not to further his studies but to advance goals of jihad,” said U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch. “Once here, he devoted his energies to refining his plan to disrupt the U.S. economy and kill Americans and attempting to recruit others to join him.”

Nafis sought to recruit multiple individuals to assist him in his quest, including al Qaeda contacts, but unknowingly recruited an FBI source who posed as an al Qaeda facilitator. At Nafis’ request, the undercover agent supplied him with 20 50-pound bags of purported explosives.

On Wednesday, October 17, the two traveled in a van to a warehouse where Nafis attempted to assemble what he believed to be a bomb. He explained to the agent that he also had a “Plan B” that involved a suicide bombing if his original plan were to be thwarted by the police.

Nafis and the undercover agent then drove to Lower Manhattan, parked next to the Federal Reserve Bank, and went to a nearby hotel. There, the 21-year-old recorded a video statement meant for the American public.

“We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom,” he said, according to the FBI.

Nafis then repeatedly tried to detonate the purported bomb, and was immediately arrested after his failed attempts.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that this was just one of 16 terrorist plots against the city since 9/11.

After his guilty plea, Nafis now faces life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for the end of May.

 

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The terrorist downstairs


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Neighbors say they had no idea that the quiet man living downstairs was plotting a terror attack.

At first glance, they say, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, seemed harmless, and those who know him were shocked to hear the news that the FBI busted him on Wednesday, October 17 for planning to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank.

It’s scary to think he might have been successful.

Nafis, living on 93rd Avenue in Jamaica, traveled to the U.S. this January specifically to take part in a terrorist attack, but unknowingly enlisted the help of an undercover FBI agent.

With reported connections to al-Qaeda, Nafis said in a written statement that he wanted to “destroy America” by targeting the economy. Also in the statement, Nafis included quotes from “our beloved Sheikh Osama bin Laden” to justify his attack that would involve the killing of women and children.

We are supremely grateful that his plot was thwarted through intel, hard work and cooperation by the FBI and NYPD.

The Bangladeshi national tried to recruit individuals to help him in his attack, and one of those was an FBI source posing as an al-Qaeda facilitator. This allowed the FBI and NYPD to closely monitor Nafis as he attempted his attack. Nafis also reportedly sought out al-Qaeda contacts within the United States to assist him.

The undercover agent gave Nafis 20 50-pound bags of non-working explosives, and later met him on the morning of Wednesday, October 17 and witnessed Nafis assembling the 1000-pound bomb. The two drove together to the Federal Reserve, leaving the purported bomb inside the van and walking to a nearby hotel. After Nafis repeatedly and unsuccessfully tried to detonate the bomb, he was arrested by authorities.

So, when it comes to budgets, we ask the politicians – do you still want to cut Homeland Security funds or further thin out the ranks of our men and women in blue?

We hope not.

Nafis was arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court on Wednesday afternoon, and has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

The question remains – how many more seemingly innocent people might be plotting acts of terror against our country at this very minute?

We can sleep soundly knowing that our lives – and the lives of our children – rest in the hands of those who serve and protect.

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Neighbor of Federal Reserve bomb suspect speaks


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The day after a Queens man was arrested for allegedly attempting to detonate what he believed to be a real bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan, a neighbor spoke out, saying he had no idea what was being plotted, just downstairs.

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The FBI said that Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, of Jamaica, traveled to the U.S. this January specifically to take part in a terrorist attack, and unknowingly enlisted the help of an undercover agent.

At first glance, neighbors say, Nafis was said to be harmless, and those who know him are shocked to hear the news.

“He’s a good looking guy, a very young kid,” said Nafis’ upstairs neighbor, Mohammad Chowdhery. “I feel really shocked.”

Nafis was reportedly considering the Federal Reserve Bank and several other targets for his attack, but settled on the bank because it was what he believed to be the most effective way to “destroy America” — by targeting the economy, according to the FBI.

The Bangladeshi national, who allegedly has overseas connections to Al-Qaeda, tried to recruit individuals to help him in his attack, and one of those was an FBI source.

The undercover agent gave Nafis non-working explosives, and later met him on the morning of Wednesday, October 17 and witnessed Nafis assembling the bomb. The two drove together to the Federal Reserve, and after Nafis unsuccessfully tried to detonate the bomb, he was arrested by authorities.

“You never know if he was practicing those things here,” said Chowdhery of their 93rd Avenue home. “If you see someone, you can’t realize what type of person they are.”

Nafis resided in a second-floor apartment with relatives, including Shamim Khan, his wife, their two-and-a- half year old daughter, and grandparents, according to Chowdhery.

After word of the alleged attempt leaked, Chowdhery tried to contact Khan, but got no response. He saw Khan when he got home from work on Wednesday, and said he looked distraught but said nothing.

Nafis was arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court on Wednesday afternoon, and has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to Al-Qaeda. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

With additional reporting by Cristabelle Tumola

Queens man arrested for Federal Reserve bomb plot


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A Queens man was arrested for allegedly attempting to detonate what he believed was a real bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan this morning, said the FBI.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, of Jamaica, traveled to the U.S.  this January specifically to take part in a terrorist attack, said the agency.

The Federal Reserve Bank was one of several targets Nafis was considering, and in a written statement said he wanted to “destroy America” and, according to the FBI, believed the most efficient way to accomplish this goal was to target America’s economy.

The Bangladeshi national, who reportedly has overseas connections to Al-Qaeda, tried to recruit individuals to help him in the attack. One of those men was an FBI source.

The undercover FBI agent gave him non-working explosives and later met Nafis on the morning of Wednesday, October 17, and witnessed Nafis assembling the bomb. The two then drove together to the Federal Reserve.

Nafis unsuccessfully tried to detonate the bomb, then was arrested by authorities.

He has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to Al-Qaeda, and is scheduled to appear at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn this afternoon.