(WMC-TV) – We have an update to breaking news. Quazi Nafis, the 21-year-old man charged after allegedly plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve Building in New York, is connected to the Mid-South.
We learned just hours ago that Nafis is in the United States on a student visa. He attended Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. That is just three hours away from Memphis.
The news has caught many students by surprise. And some of them say they sat in the same class as Nafis, and now they cannot believe he is accused of doing something so sinister, even though he wasn't actually able to follow through with it.
Nafis, who is from Bangladesh, is charged in connection with an FBI sting operation. Agents say he parked a van filled with fake explosives outside the Federal Reserve Building in New York. He then tried to detonate them. That is when authorities moved in and arrested him.
And even more details are coming out. He allegedly plotted several other targets to attack. His other plans included an attack on the New York stock exchange.
Today, Nafis is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
He has not entered a plea, and remains behind bars this morning.