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October 18th, 2012
07:40 AM ET

National Correspondent Susan Candiotti on alleged NY terror plot foiled: '“If this had been an actual bomb, he could have killed a lot of people'

FBI foiled an alleged terror plot to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank of New York yesterday. A 21-year-old Bangladeshi national is accused in the alleged plot. Identified as Quazi Nafis, the young man was in the United States on a student visa and majoring in cybersecurity at SoutheastMissouriStateUniversity from January until May of this year. Nafis is now in federal custody and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Nafis allegedly parked a van outside the bank equipped with 1,000 lbs of dummy explosives. They were provided by an undercover agent, and Nafis attempted to detonate it. The dummy bombs were a part of a sting operation that failed to accomplish his mission and Nafis was subsequently arrested. National Correspondent Susan Candiotti has more on this developing story.

Authorities were able to uncover this plot from early on, Candiotti reports. “They had their eye on him a very long time,“ she says. Nafis moving to New York after finishing school and got on social media to reach out to “people that prosecutors say he thought could help him to destroy America. He wanted to target America and wreck the economy.” Nafis eventually connected with someone on Facebook who turned out to be working for the FBI. “And that’s when authorities set up this elaborate sting.”

Nafis targeted the landmark NY bank, which Candiotti reports is home to the world’s largest supply of gold bullion. “If this had been an actual bomb, he could have killed a lot of people, authorities say.”

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