Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, allegedly wanted to kill scores of people, wreak havoc on the US economy and stop the presidential election when he parked on Liberty Street around 8 a.m. and repeatedly dialed into the cellphone detonator from a nearby hotel room.
Bangladeshi on a mission to “destroy America” tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in lower Manhattan Wednesday with what he thought was a 1,000-pound van bomb, according to a criminal complaint.
Nafis, 21, told an undercover agent during a recorded August meeting in Central Park, “I don’t want something that’s like small. I just want something big,” “Something very big. Very very very very big, that will shake the whole country . . . that will make us one step closer to run the whole world. I want to do something that brothers coming after us can be inspired by us.”
Nafis first arrived in the US in January on a student visa, though his sole purpose was to carry out a terror attack, the complaint says.
He attended one semester at Southeast Missouri State University before leaving in May for New York to take ESL classes, sources said.
He was studying cyber-security, a school official said.
While recruiting more terrorists to carry out an attack, he unwittingly enlisted the help of the undercover FBI agent. During a series of recorded meetings, phone calls and Facebook chats, Nafis hashed out his plan and said he had overseas terrorist pals who could help plan an attack.
Nafis first said that considered attacking a US official — which sources said was President Obama — and later named the New York Stock Exchange and a Baltimore military base among possible targets before settling on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, according to court documents.
The al Qaeda-obsessed terrorist — who was living with relatives in Queens — also recorded a video addressed to Americans right before he tried to detonate the bomb.
“We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom,” he said in the video, in which he covered his face, wore sunglasses and disguised his voice.
Had the bomb been real, the outcome would have been catastrophic.
It “could have done significant damage to the building, possibly taking it down,” said a law-enforcement source.
“It could have killed hundreds of people who were walking by it — and it would have travelled for blocks, taking out windows. Who knows how many people could have been injured from that.”