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NY 'bomb plot': Man charged

The FBI has said it has thwarted a plot to detonate a 1,000 pound bomb outside the Federal Reserve in New York. A Bangladeshi man, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, has been arrested and charged in a sting operation.

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Tactic of using sting operations to help tackle terror

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.

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