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Thursday, October 18, 2012

BREAKING: UPDATED : FBI, NYPD Bust "Terrorist" Bomber Targeting Federal Reserve in Sting Operation

Yet another FBI sting operation supposedly busting "lone terrorist" - bomb material provided by FBI   

The 5th Estate

Australian TV is reporting that the FBI and New York police have arrested Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafisma, a 21 year old Bangladeshi national in lower Manhattan who they say was preparing to bomb the Federal Reserve, three blocks from 9/11 "Ground Zero."

Nafisma was arrested by police while making a phone call from a nearby hotel during what was labelled by the FBI as an "elaborate sting operation."

The suspected bomber has so far been charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction and is due in court this morning for arraignment.

Nafis allegedly asked an undercover FBI agent posing as an al-Queda facilitator for 50-pound bags of what he thought were explosives. He supposedly then worked on putting together an explosive device.

"Nafis purchased components for the bomb’s detonator and conducted surveillance for his attack on multiple occasions in New York City’s financial district in lower Manhattan," the press release from the Justice Department describing the criminal complaint said. “Throughout his interactions with the undercover agent, Nafis repeatedly asserted that the plan was his own and was the reason he had come to the United States."

The 5th Estate will update this story as more information becomes available.

From the Telegraph
By Mark Hughes

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, parked a van full of what he thought were explosives outside the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday morning before recording a martyrdom video and then attempting to detonate the 'bomb’, according to an FBI charge sheet.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis
But he was arrested by undercover FBI agents whom he had plotted the attack with via Facebook believing they were al-Qaeda leaders.

Had the plot been enacted it would have been the most devastating terror attack on US soil since the September 11 attacks 11 years ago. It is the 15th plot foiled in New York since the World Trade Centre attack, according to the NYPD.

As Nafis appeared in a Brooklyn court last night, the FBI revealed that he had hoped his attack, so close to next month’s Presidential election, would disrupt the campaign, telling undercover agents: “You know what, this election might even stop.”

Agents told how 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. In July he went online in an attempt to recruit a terror cell and communicated with undercover FBI agents via Facebook.

Over the course of the next three months he plotted an attack. At first he suggested assassinating a “high ranking US Government official” before turning his attentions to the country’s financial system – first planning to blow up the New York Stock Exchange before settling on the Federal Reserve.

Initially he planned a suicide-bomb attack but his plans changed after he was refused permission by the agents posing as 'al Qaeda’ operatives to return to Bangladesh to see his family one last time.

During the meetings, Nafis was keen that his plot be carried out under the name of al-Qaeda. When told that al-Qaeda would not be affiliated with his attack should he leave US soil and return temporarily to Bangladesh, he relented and agreed to stay after being told he could detonate the bomb remotely, with no suicide element.

During the planning he explained that he hoped the attack would be “very big”, according to a court document. and would put Muslims “one step closer to run the whole world”.

The charging document states that Nafis “understood that the attack he was planning would result in a large number of civilian casualties... but still wanted to proceed with the attack.”

Nafis is alleged to have told the undercover agents that he planned to attack the financial district and that his 'Plan B’ involved a suicide mission, if his initial plot was foiled by police.

The FBI provided Nafis with 20 50 pound bags of what he thought were explosives and he constructed the bomb.

He is also said to have written an article, which he hoped would be published in the al-Qaeda magazine 'Inspire’ explaining his motives.

On Wednesday morning Nafis is alleged to have driven to Manhattan with an undercover FBI agent and what he believed was a 1,000lb bomb in the van.

After parking the van at the Federal Reserve, close to the former site of the Twin Towers, he went to a nearby hotel and recorded a statement in which he addressed the American people, saying: “We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom.”

After recording the video he is alleged to have repeatedly called the mobile phone which acted as the 'bomb’s’ detonator. When it failed he was arrested. He faces charges of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda.

After the arrest the US attorney for the Eatern District of New York said: “As alleged in the complaint, the defendant came to this country intent on conducting a terrorist attack on US 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.”

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