Thursday, October 18, 2012

New York: FBI to be Commended for Interdicting Suicide Bomber Against Federal Reserve in NYC

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Wednesday (October 17) arrested Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, a Bangladeshi, in a sting operation on charges he attempted to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank in New York City with what he believed was a 1,000-pound (450-kg) bomb. He faces life in prison if convicted.
The FBI said the public was not in danger because the explosives provided to Nafis by an undercover agent were never functional as IEDs. 
According to the criminal complaint, Nafis traveled to the US in January 2012, where he considered several targets for his attack, including the New York Stock Exchange and a high-ranking government official, who was later identified as President Barack Obama. 

In the end, Nafis decided to focus on the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan, and to create a terrorist cell to help him carry out the bombing. He began to seek out recruits, eventually bringing on board an undercover agent working for the FBI.
The two met on Wednesday morning and traveled by van to a New York City warehouse, where Nafis assembled what he thought was a 1,000 pound bomb, before driving to the Federal Reserve bank, among the most secure and guarded buildings in Manhattan.

COMMENT: Nafis was arrested in NYC hotel as he repeatedly attempted to detonate the inert bomb.
In February, a 29-year-old Moroccan man was arrested near the US Capitol wearing a vest he believed was full of al Qaeda-supplied explosives, and charged in an attempted suicide bombing of Congress.
Five self-described anarchists in the Cleveland area were arrested in May and accused of plotting to blow up a four-lane highway bridge. An undercover FBI agent had sold the men inoperable detonators and plastic explosives.

Our readers should know that at the time of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the US, the FBI had few convincing human assets they could use as informants in undercover operations, but in recent years that fortunately has changed.

Unfortunately, we have seen far too often that extremists who have vowed to follow al-Qaeda's hatred for the West have materialized into planned plots on a global level. 

It is unlikely that they will ever stop in their efforts to replicate the events of 9/11, although in the case of the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, they were successful on September 11, 2012, when they claimed the lives of US Ambassador Chris Stevens, and there other Americans.