NEW YORK -- Federal agents Wednesday arrested a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man in Manhattan who authorities said planned to detonate what he thought was a massive bomb outside the New York Federal Reserve Bank building.
The man, who was identified as Quazi Mohammad Reswanul Ahsan Nafis, claimed to have ties to Al Qaeda and was in New York trying to recruit people, according to a complaint.
According to a statement released by the FBI, Nafis entered the United States on a student visa in January 2012 but his real purpose was to wage "jihad," or holy war. Unbeknownst to him, one of the people he tried to recruit was an FBI source, who met with Nafis several times through the summer and into the fall, the statement said.
As he plotted his attack, Nafis considered several different targets but finally decided on the Federal Reserve Bank building because he wanted to "destroy America," according to the statement.