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Family shocked by man's arrest in NY plot

2 years ago October 18, 2012 Oct 18, 2012 Thursday, October 18 2012 Thursday, October 18, 2012 6:15:28 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The Bangladeshi man accused of trying to bomb the Federal Reserve building in New York City was a banker's son from a middle class neighborhood whose family says it was stunned by his arrest.

The FBI arrested Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis yesterday morning after he allegedly tried to detonate a fake 1,000-pound car bomb. It was all part of a sting. Officials say the defendant earlier sought assurances from an undercover agent posing as an al-Qaida contact that the terrorist group would support the operation.

Nafis was in the United States on a student visa and is now being held without bail.

His family describes Nafis as a gentle man incapable of such actions. His father says: "My son can't do it."

He called on the Bangladesh government to intervene to get his son back to his home country.

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