A 21-year-old man known as Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis allegedly tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York City.
The American Jewish Committee released a statement saying, “Hatred of the United States runs so deep among radical Islamists and New York continues to be a favorite target for terrorists seeking to wreak murder and mayhem,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Thankfully, the law-enforcement community is exceptionally alert to this ongoing threat, and once again has acted with impressive courage and skill to prevent a disaster that could have killed and injured many people. Bravo to the FBI and NYPD!”
The National Terror Alert Response Center reported that “[he] attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb in front of the Fed building on Liberty Street, but the device was a fake supplied to him by undercover FBI agents who had been tracking his activity, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force said Wednesday afternoon.”
The fake explosives posed no threat to the public according to the FBI. This isn’t the first time the FBI has been behind fake and real bomb making for alleged terrorists.
Just last month, the Associated Press reported that “Adel Daoud, an eighteen-year-old U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested in an undercover operation in which an agent pretending to be a terrorist provided him with a phony car bomb and watched him press the trigger, prosecutors said.”
The most famous case of the FBI building bombs for terrorists was during the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in which the FBI actually gave the okay for them to use real bombs.