London, Oct 18: A Bangladeshi man who allegedly came to the US to wage jihad has been arrested by the FBI after he failed in his attempt to detonate a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan.
According to an FBI charge sheet, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, parked a van full of what he thought were explosives outside the Federal Reserve Bank on Wednesday before recording a martyrdom video and then attempting to detonate the ‘bomb’.
But he was arrested by undercover FBI agents whom he had plotted the attack with via Facebook believing they were Al-Qaeda leaders, the Telegraph reports
As Nafis appeared in a Brooklyn court yesterday, the FBI revealed that he had hoped his attack, so close to next month’s Presidential election, would disrupt the campaign.
The FBI said Nafis told the undercover agents that ‘this election might even stop.’
According to the paper, the FBI also revealed Nafis had written about how he wanted to “destroy America” and spoke about the “beloved Sheikh Osama bin Laden” in an article he hoped would be published after the attack.
Nafis travelled to the US on a student visa in January this year, intent on waging a “jihad”, the FBI alleged. (ANI)