New York, NY —
Federal authorities Wednesday arrested a man they said was plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan, just blocks from the World Trade Center site.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested in a sting operation after he parked a van filled with what he believed were explosives outside the building and tried to detonate it in a suicide mission, authorities said.
Earlier in the day, he went to a warehouse and assembled what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb using inert explosives provided by federal agents. He also recorded a videotaped statement in which he said, “We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom,” federal prosecutors said.
Authorities said Nafis proposed several spots for his attack, including the New York Stock Exchange.
The bank is one of 12 branches around the country.