NYC terror plot foiled
October 17, 2012 (WABC) -- If someone wants to blow up a building but has neither the resources or ability to do it himself, if not for the federal undercover agents that build the supposed bomb and set everything in motion, is the guy really a threat?
That question may well end up at the center of latest terrorist-act-stopped-before-it-happened undercover sting.
Federal authorities say the answer to that question is a simple and resounding "yes." And the plot they say they've busted is frightening. Quazi Mohammad Navis, a 21-year-old who came to New York in January from Bangladesh with the intent to blow up a high-profile building. That target, federal officials charge, was the U.S. Federal Reserve in Lower Manhattan. And they claim he bragged that he wanted to kill a high ranking U.S. official, perhaps the President.
Navis today attempted to set off what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb at the Fed. This is 15th terrorist plot thwarted since after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The sting started when Navis allegedly posted communications on the Internet. That set into motion an FBI sting, with an operative convincing the suspect they were a terrorist and willing to participate.
Navis allegedly has ties to Al Qaeda. He's set to appear in federal court in Brooklyn. We're there, and in Lower Manhattan, where he allegedly tried to set off the fake bomb. Are there are Navis comrades out there? What else did he have planned? We'll have full coverage and reaction, tonight at 11.
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