Fortunately the United States was able to thwart another bombing attempt on American soil.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis a student from Bangladesh who is studying at Missouri College, was arrested by the FBI on charges of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York with what he thought was a 1,000-pound car bomb.
They said he also selected his target, drove the van loaded with dummy explosives up 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.
During the investigation, he and the informant corresponded via Facebook and other social media, talked on the phone and met in hotel rooms, according to a law enforcement official who was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Nafis spoke of his admiration for Osama bin Laden, talked of writing an article about his plot for an al-Qaida-affiliated magazine, and said he would be willing to be a martyr but preferred to go home to his family after carrying out the attack, authorities said. And he also talked about wanting to kill President Barack Obama and bomb the New York Stock Exchange, a law enforcement official said.
Investigators said in court papers that he came to the U.S. bent on jihad and worked out the specifics of a plot when he arrived. While Nafis believed he had the blessing of al-Qaida and was acting on behalf of the terrorist group, he has no known ties, according to federal officials.
It's great news that the FBI was able to stop this mission before any innocent people were hurt. The reality of our country is that the threats against our freedoms will never end.
It's imperative that people stay vigilant about reporting what appears to be terrorist-related activities to authorities. That one phone call to report suspicious activity may save many lives.