The man accused of attempting to blow up New York's National Reserve Bank had an associate in San Diego who has been been arrested on possession of child pornography, the New York Post has reported.
Howard Willie Carter II, who was held yesterday, is accused of having email accounts from a listed co-conspirator of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis on his hard drive, along with a trove of indecent images.
Carter has not received terror charges but is an "associate of Nafis", a law-enforcement source told the newspaper.
The father of a man accused of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York says his son is a "gentle man", incapable of such actions. Quazi Ahsanullah said:
"My son [Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis] can't do it."
He has called on the Bangladesh government to intervene to get his son back to his home country.
The case of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis is the latest where a terrorism plot turned out to be a sting operation by US authorities. Other cases include:
- In 2009 four men were convicted in a plot to bomb synagogues and shoot down military planes in a case that began after an FBI informant was assigned to infiltrate a mosque in Newburgh. The judge hearing the case said she was "not proud" of the government's role in nurturing the plot.
- In 2004, a Pakistani immigrant was arrested and convicted for a scheme to blow up the subway station at Herald Square in New York. Lawyers argued that their client had been set up by a police informant who showed him pictures of Iraq abuse to get him involved in an attack against civilians.
A suspected terror plot to detonate a massive bomb in the heart of New York's financial district has been foiled by the FBI. Police say the device - planted in a van outside the US Federal Reserve - was intended to inflict mass casualties. Lucy Watson reports from New York.
New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told members of the media that Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis came to New York with the intention of committing a "terrorist act".
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis appeared for a brief hearing at a court in Brooklyn wearing a plain brown t-shirt, dark coloured jeans and trainers.
He did not enter a plea and was held in custody.