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N.Y. Federal Reserve Bomb Plotter to Be Sentenced Aug. 9

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis Nafis, the Bangladeshi man who admitted trying to bomb the New York Federal Reserve Bank, will be sentenced Aug. 9, a federal judge said.

Nafis, 21, pleaded guilty in February in Brooklyn, New York, to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. U.S. District Judge Carol Bagley Amon set the sentencing date today.

Federal agents helped Nafis with the bomb plot as part of an undercover operation. He was arrested in October after trying to detonate what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb at the Fed in Lower Manhattan, according to prosecutors. The device was a fake.

He faces a possible sentence of 30 years to life in prison under an agreement with the government.

Prosecutors alleged Nafis came to New York from Bangladesh on a student visa and wanted to engage in a suicide bombing or other violent attack. In July, he made contact with an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation who referred him to agents posing as members of al-Qaeda, according to court papers.

The case is U.S. v. Nafis, 1:12-cr-00720, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

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