Bangladeshi Federal Reserve Bank bomb plotter pleads guilty
New York, Feb 8 : A Bangladeshi man who tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York has pleaded guilty to detonating what he thought was an 1,000-pound car bomb.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, admitted in Brooklyn federal court to his destructive ambitions that undercover cops foiled in October.
He admitted that he had an 'intention to commit a violent, jihadist act'.
According to the New York Daily News, if the would-be terrorist had gone to trial and been found guilty he would have received a life sentence.
Now, he has the possibility of getting out of prison before he is 50. If released, he would be deported to Bangladesh.
Investigators said he selected his target, drove the van loaded with dummy explosives to the door of the bank and tried to set off the bomb from a hotel room using a cellphone he thought had been rigged as a detonator.
He also believed he had the blessing of Al-Qaeda and was acting on behalf of it, but he has no known ties to the terrorist group, according to federal officials.