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Man arrested in New York bomb plot

2012-10-17 21:56

New York - A Bangladeshi man with alleged al-Qaeda links was arrested on Wednesday in New York on charges of plotting to destroy the city's Federal Reserve building with a 1-000 pound (453kg) bomb.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested in Manhattan after he tried to detonate what he thought was a live bomb, but was actually a dummy provided as part of a sting operation, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said.

The attempt to "destroy a landmark building and kill or maim untold numbers of innocent bystanders is about as serious as the imagination can conjure", FBI acting assistant director Mary Galligan said in a statement.

However, the suspect never posed a real risk because the two people he thought were his accomplices "were actually an FBI source and an FBI undercover agent".

Nafis travelled to the United States in January 2012 "for the purpose of conducting a terrorist attack on US soil", the federal prosecutor's office in Brooklyn said in a statement.

"Nafis, who reported having overseas connections to al-Qaeda, attempted to recruit individuals to form a terrorist cell inside the United States. Nafis also actively sought out al-Qaeda contacts within the United States to assist him in carrying out an attack," the prosecutor's office said.

"Unbeknownst to Nafis, one of the individuals he attempted to recruit was actually a source for the FBI."

Nafis allegedly wrote a statement claiming responsibility for his planned attack in which he said he wanted to "destroy America" and referred to slain al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden as "beloved".

He has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to support al-Qaeda.

Comments
  • zaakiro - 2012-10-17 22:01

    Wow, everyone is linked to al-Qaeda, did they give out free tshirts on signing up...faarrk !!

      Citroes - 2012-10-17 22:33

      Bit like joining the ANC. Free t shirts and a fully loaded box meal gets you membership. Al qaeda swops the shirt for a bomb vest, but the KFC and empty promises remain in tact.

      james.weather.50 - 2012-10-17 22:56

      not a bad target :)

  • alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-10-17 22:10

    What a complete joke! Something is wrong with this story, 'dumpy baloon set up by FBI agents kkk k, how is that..........a punch of liars.

      lydonmcg - 2012-10-17 22:15

      A punch? That's a new one.

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-10-17 22:18

    seems a little weird,shouldn't the fbi be looking for real bombers and bombs,instead of planting fake ones and entrapping people.

  • jans.opresser - 2012-10-17 22:20

    the american govt has been planting evidence on muslims by PROVIDING them with dummy bombs. then once the muslim fake bomb detonater pushes the button on the fake bomb,HE GETS ARRESTED!! there are similar cases as this one in Portland Or and Chicago as of today. and in all of the cases the F.B.I supposedly got a phony confession,only to have those tossed out based on lies the F.B.I agents told to justify the arrest at the time. and in all of the cases mentioned,the lawyers for the perps are claiming entrapment. and the govt is refusing to hand over any evidence that PROVES the feds entrapped their clients! say what you want,but there is no way humanly possible that this could happen three times in three different states with three different perps and three different fake bombs! al-qaeda has not become that dumb! the american govt is entrapping those men. the perp in chicago has already testified that the feds wanted him to spy on al-qaeda and he refused,and the feds admitted that they had previous contacts with him,but are refusing to admit the nature of the talks or contact!

      zebedi.spring - 2012-10-17 22:36

      The bottom line, entrapment or not, is the man pressed the button on what he at the time believed to be a live bomb. One less radical in society. No loss.

      jans.opresser - 2012-10-17 23:03

      zebedi, NO PERSON can be charged with a crime when the govt has WILLINGLY ENTRAPPED the defendant to commit a crime! thats why its called ENTRAPMENT!

      jans.opresser - 2012-10-17 23:05

      QUICK,do you have ANYTHING to back up your conjecture laced post? what part of three different times in different states do you not understand? and who told you terrorism is under control? I know of three dead people who would call you the liar that you are,and they are FORMER US AMBASSADOR STEVENS AND THE TWO DEAD AMERICANS WHO WERE KILLED WITH HIM!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-18 09:37

      @Quirky Read up on proposed budget cuts to the FBI and you have your motivation!

  • andre.krige - 2012-10-17 22:27

    Next thing the tooth fairy has al Qaeda links

      barry.mcbride - 2012-10-17 23:14

      LOL, how you doing? I hardly ever recognise a name here!

  • steve.nagel.568 - 2012-10-17 22:27

    Alleged... Alleged... Alleged - FFS America, get a suspect who is guilty! Stop leading the already blindfolded USA public into... (Oh Sorry - got it)......

  • diana.gill.18 - 2012-10-17 22:43

    How many new plots are going to be exposed due to the upcoming elections?

  • shane.loxton - 2012-10-19 07:21

    Federal agents convinced a naïve, violence-inclined 21-year-old Bangladeshi that he was a member of “al-Qaeda,” giving the dupe fake bombs to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York before swarming in and arresting him on October 17. As has become typical, government officials scrambled to put out press releases patting themselves on the back for their work protecting the “Homeland.” In reality, however, there was no al-Qaeda, there was no threat, there were no bombs, and the only alleged “plot” the FBI “foiled” was the one it helped hatch with its dupe, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis. Like the vast majority of recent domestic “terror” schemes against the United States, the latest supposed “operation” was essentially run by authorities from start to finish.

      shane.loxton - 2012-10-19 07:28

      Last year, federal authorities hatched a similar half-baked plot, using a convicted felon to deceive a group of young self-styled left-wing anarchists into trying to blow up a bridge near Cleveland. A separate case in 2009 in which a government informer convinced dupes to plant fake bombs in New York even drew criticism from the judge who oversaw the case, who said: “The government made them terrorists.” Government-hatched terror attacks, despite generating a lot of headlines, paranoia, and budget increases for the terror war, have still come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. “Without the F.B.I., would the culprits commit violence on their own? Is cultivating potential terrorists the best use of the manpower designed to find the real ones?” wondered author David Shipler in a piece for the New York Times earlier this year about the absurdity of manufacturing terror plots to stop terror. Analysts speculated that the most recent bogus “terror” scheme would be seized upon by the privately owned Federal Reserve banking cartel to portray itself as a potential target. The fake attack might also pave the way to helping paint the Fed’s growing number of vocal critics as potentially dangerous — at least if the FBI can find them, radicalize them, and give them money and fake explosives.

      shane.loxton - 2012-10-19 07:29

      While the FBI was busy convincing Nafis that he was a member of “al-Qaeda,” a terror group largely created and funded by the U.S. government decades ago, the Obama administration and Western powers were providing arms and money to real self-styled al-Qaeda fighters waging “jihad” in Syria. Before that, known al-Qaeda leaders were benefiting from overwhelming support from the Obama administration in the fight to oust Libya’s former despot, Moammar Gadhafi.

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