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Al-Qaeda-Inspired Man Who Sought To Blow Up Federal Reserve Bank In New York Sentenced To 30 Years In Prison

He attempted to detonate a 1,000-pound bomb in October 2012.

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Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 22, attempted to detonate a 1,000-pound bomb at the New York Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan’s financial district in October 2012.


He was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Friday.

“Nafis came to the United States radicalized and bent on fighting jihad here in our homeland,” U.S. Attorney Lynch said in a statement. “He sought to commit mass murder in downtown Manhattan in the name of al-Qaeda.

Nafis, a Bangladeshi national, traveled to the United States in January 2012, possessing operable bomb-making instructions and attempted to recruit individuals to form a terrorist cell inside the U.S.


He also actively sought out al-Qaeda contacts within the United States to assist him in carrying out an attack. One of the individuals he attempted to recruit into his jihadist cell was actually a source for the FBI and authorities were able to closely monitor Nafis as he attempted to implement his plan.

Nafis proposed several targets for his attack, including a high-ranking U.S. official and the New York Stock Exchange.


Ultimately, he decided to conduct a bombing operation against the New York Federal Reserve Bank. In a statement claiming responsibility for the bombing on behalf of al-Qaeda, he said he wanted to “destroy America” and that the way to do it was to target America’s economy. He included quotations from “our beloved Sheikh Osama bin Laden” to justify the expectation that the attack would involve the killing of women and children.

After taping the video explaining why he was going to carry out the attack, Nafis repeatedly, but unsuccessfully, attempted to detonate the bomb, which had been assembled using inert explosives provided by the undercover agent. He was then arrested and confessed to the entire plan in February.

Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

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