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October 17, 2012
Elizabeth Williams photo

This courtroom sketch shows Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, center, and his attorney Heidi Cesare, left, in Brooklyn Federal Court Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in New York. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested in a sting operation Wednesday morning after he parked a van filled with what he believed were explosives outside the building and tried to detonate it in a suicide mission, authorities said.

Elizabeth Williams photo

This courtroom sketch shows Judge U.S. Magistrate Judge Roanne Mann in Brooklyn Federal Court in New York on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 during a hearing for Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis. The Bangladeshi man who came to the United States to wage jihad was arrested in an elaborate FBI sting on Wednesday after attempting to blow up a fake car bomb outside the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan, authorities said. Before trying to carry out the alleged terrorism plot, Nafis went to a warehouse to help assemble a 1,000-pound bomb using inert material, according to a criminal complaint. He also asked an undercover agent to videotape him saying, “We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom,” the complaint said.

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This Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 photo shows the Brooklyn Federal Court building in New York. Federal authorities on Wednesday arrested a Bangladeshi man they said was plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan, just blocks from the World Trade Center site. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested in a sting operation Wednesday morning after he parked a van filled with what he believed were explosives outside the building and tried to detonate it in a suicide mission, authorities said. The Bangladeshi native reported having overseas connections to al-Qaida, and traveled to the U.S. in January to carry out an attack, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Brooklyn.