A young man was arrested on Wednesday for attempting to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York City.
According to NBC 4 New York, 21-year-old Quazi Mohammed Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis is an immigrant from Bangladesh, here on a student visa since January. He was studing cyber security at a college in Missouri, reported CNN News.
Nafis reportedly drove a van full of what he thought were deadly explosives close to the Federal Reserve building located in Manhattan, where he was apprehended after he tried to detonate the 1,000-pound bomb.
Apparently authorities were on to Nafis, for undercover agents reportedly said that the young man came to the US for the sole purpose of carrying out acts of terror.
Nafis, unaware that authorities knew of his deadly plots, told agents that he wanted to bomb the Fed building to disrupt the 2012 election and hurt America's economy. He also wrote about his hero Osama bin Laden in a statement he signed for police. He also made a video to be released after the bombing of the Federal Reserve had been completed.
The Fed building, which is located close to the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan, was not his only target. Nafis allegedly also wanted to blow up the New York Stock Exchange and kill high-ranking officials.
During his stay in the US, Nafis lived in the Queens borough of New York and reportedly searched out al-Qaida operatives here to help him with his terror plot. Little did he know his "al-Qaida contact" was an undercover FBI agent.
The agent fed him useless material to build his bomb, and when he finally drove what he thought was his deadly handiwork to the Fed building, New York police and the FBI was there to nab him.
He will appear in court later today, charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material to al-Qaida.
The NYPD has assured the public that they were in no danger during this terror sting, adding that this undercover operation was left to play out to the end so that authorites could learn if there were others involved.
Stay tuned for more as the story develops.