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Federal Reserve Bomb Plotter Jailed For 30 Years
A 22-year-old man who admitted plotting to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, from Bangladesh, begged for leniency during his sentencing, having pleaded guilty to terrorism charges in February.
"I'm ashamed. I'm lost. I tried to do a terrible thing. I alone am responsible for what I've done. Please forgive me," he told Manhattan federal court, as he apologised to the judge, the United States, New York City and his parents.
The defendant said in a five-page typed letter to Judge Carol Bagley Amon that he no longer believed in radical Islam.
"My actions are inexcusable and cowardly," he wrote.
"After giving a deep thought I truly hate my actions and I know that I will never pursue such behaviour again that is not only un-Islamic, but also destroyed my family and my life."
He was charged in October 2012 with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda.
The court heard that Nafis became radicalised at his university in Bangladesh and came to the US with aspirations of jihad.
Authorities said Nafis adopted increasingly more radical views once in the US and began using Facebook and other social media to seek support for a terror attack.
One of his contacts turned out to be a government informant who notified authorities.
While under investigation, Nafis spoke of his admiration for Osama bin Laden and talked of writing an article about his plot for an al Qaeda affiliated magazine.
He also talked about wanting to kill President Barack Obama and bomb the New York Stock Exchange, officials said.
As the plot progressed, Nafis selected his target, drove a van loaded with dummy explosives to the door of the bank and tried to set off the bomb from a hotel room using a cell phone he thought had been rigged as a detonator, authorities said.
No one was ever actually in danger because the explosives were fakes provided by the government.
"Nafis's goals of martyrdom and carnage were thwarted by the vigilance of law enforcement," said US district attorney Loretta Lynch after the sentencing.
"He will now spend the next 30 years where his own actions have landed him -- in a federal prison cell," she said.