Rep. Peter T. King, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, on WABC-TV, on the terror plot to attack the Federal Reserve in New York City. Law enforcement officials arrested Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, a Bangladeshi national, today.
The 21-year-old suspect, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb in front of the Fed building on Liberty Street
At one point, according to criminal complaint, Nafis told undercover agents: “I don’t want something that’s like, small. I just want something big. Something very big … that will shake the whole country, that will make America, not one step ahead, change of policy, and make one step ahead, for the Muslims … that will make us one step closer to run the whole world.”
A U.S. official told Fox News that President Obama was Nafis’ first target, (You know it’s bad when an islamist wants to kill Obama) but the criminal complaint only refers to “a high-ranking official.”
The FBI cites a written statement obtained from Nafis in which he said he wanted to “destroy America” and determined that the best way to achieve that goal was to target the economy. He also referenced quotes from “our beloved Sheikh Osama bin Laden.”
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly noted that there have been 15 terrorist plots targeting the city since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The plot was a sting operation monitored by the FBI and NYPD…
NBC 4 New York has learned that federal authorities have arrested a man they say was plotting to attack the Federal Reserve building in Lower Manhattan, just blocks from the World Trade Center site.
The man is in custody in New York. Sources tell NBC 4 New York that he lives on Long Island and was arrested Wednesday morning.
Law enforcement officials stress that the plot was a sting operation monitored by the FBI and NYPD and the public was never at risk.
Sources say the suspect was acting alone in the plot against the Fed, which is located at 33 Liberty St., three and 1/2 blocks from ground zero.
He is expected in court later today.