A Bangladeshi man, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was indicted on charges of attempting to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank in October with what he believed was a 1,000-pound bomb.
The grand jury indictment charges him with one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of attempting to provide material support to a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, al-Qaeda. He faces life in prison if convicted. The man was arrested October 17 after pulling up to the Federal Reserve and attempting to detonate what he believed to be a van packed with explosives.
The explosives had been provided to him by an undercover agent as part of a sting operation, and were never in working condition, federal authorities said.
Nafis attempted to recruit others to his plan, claiming he was in contact with al Qaeda operatives, the complaint said.
One of the individuals he brought on board was an undercover agent working for the FBI, who monitored Nafis' activities and helped arm him with the inoperable explosives, federal authorities said.
Source: Reuters, http://www.wina.com/Man-indicted-in-plot-to-bomb-New-York-Federal-Rese/11458736?newsId=177914