NEW YORK, NY (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) A 21-year-old man from Bangladesh was arrested on Wednesday after reportedly attempting to set off explosives outside of the Federal Reserve in New York City.
The arrest came as a result of an FBI sting operation. The man, identified as Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, parked a van with what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb inside near the reserve in lower Manhattan on Wednesday morning. Investigators say Nafis set off a phone detonator, but the van did not blow up as the explosives were fake.
The Department of Justice says the 21-year-old came to the U.S. in January 2012 with plans to form a terrorist cell and carry out an attack on U.S. soil. Investigators say Nafis claimed to have ties to al Qaeda and was seeking out al Qaeda contacts in the U.S. to help coordinate the attack.
Nafis is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday afternoon in Brooklyn Federal Court.