AJC Praises FBI, NYPD for Averting Terror Bombing of NY Federal Reserve Bank

Oct 18, 2012, 10:27 ET from American Jewish Committee

NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- American Jewish Committee (AJC)  praised law-enforcement authorities for preventing a major terrorist attack yesterday aimed at the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

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The FBI and New York Police Department had been following Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, for months. The authorities arrested him yesterday when attempting to detonate what he believed to be a 1,000-pound bomb at the bank yesterday.

Nafis has been charged with conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction and providing material support to Al Qaeda.

"Hatred of the United States runs so deep among radical Islamists and New York continues to be a favorite target for terrorists seeking to wreak murder and mayhem," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "Thankfully, the law-enforcement community is exceptionally alert to this ongoing threat, and once again has acted with impressive courage and skill to prevent a disaster that could have killed and injured many people. Bravo to the FBI and NYPD!"

Nafis arrived in New York in January from Bangladesh on a student visa and reportedly began to seek out accomplices. It turns out that his main partner was a FBI informer, which led to months of surveillance as Nafis planned the details of the attack.

SOURCE American Jewish Committee