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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Report: 'Associate' of New York bomb plot suspect arrested

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.


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.


'Bomb plot' suspect appears before a court

A court sketch shows Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis appearing before a court in Brooklyn. Credit: Reuters.

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.

He did not enter a plea during the brief hearing. Credit: Reuters
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