A 21-year-old jihadi, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, was arrested today after he allegedly attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb inside a van parked at the New York Federal Reserve on Liberty Street.
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Before Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a 21-year-old from Bangladesh, allegedly made plans with an FBI informant to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank, he sought guidance on his obligations under Islamic law, according to a criminal complaint.
Mr. Nafis had conversations on Facebook with the informant and another person, identified in the complaint only as a co-conspirator.
“The three discussed certain Islamic legal rulings that advise that it is unlawful for a person who enters a country with a visa to wage jihad there,” the complaint says. Mr. Nafis told his confidants that he had sought the advice of someone in his native Bangladesh, who said he wasn’t bound by such rulings.
“Accordingly, Nafis indicated that he believed that he was free to continue with his plan to conduct a terrorist attack on U.S. soil,” the complaint says.