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Former SEMO student arrested in terror plot

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis (Source: WCBS-TV) Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis (Source: WCBS-TV)

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS/RNN) - Authorities have stopped a plot to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank.

The FBI on Wednesday morning detained one suspect who it believes is responsible for the attempted attack, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, from Bangladesh.

The Southeast Missouri State University Registrar's office tells CBS News that Nafis was enrolled at the University for the Spring Semester 2012, from January 17 to May 11, 2012.

He was an international student, pursuing a Bachelors of Science in cyber security.

He was a full time student enrolled in 12 credit hours. He is no longer enrolled.

Cape Girardeau Police were contacted by the FBI in connection with an investigation involving a plot to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank.

Cape Girardeau Police say they are working with the FBI, but have not been asked to assist yet with the investigation.

The FBI arrested Nafis in lower Manhattan after he attempted to detonate a 1,000 pound bomb. He assembled the bomb inside a van earlier in the morning on his way into NYC.

The public was never at risk, according to authorities. The explosives in Federal Reserve bomb plot were not active.

Nafis will be arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court and charged with attempting to provide material support and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

Nafis traveled to the U.S. in January and actively sought out al-Qaeda contacts within the U.S. to assist in carrying out an attack, according to the FBI in New York.

Nafis recorded a video statement to the public, stating: "We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom."

Nafis wanted to "destroy America," according to the FBI, and believed the best way was to target the U.S. economy.

The New York Fed employs about 2,700 officers and staff at the head office and the regional office in East Rutherford, NJ, according to its website.

The bank works within the Federal Reserve System and with other public and private sector institutions to foster safety, soundness and growth of the nation's economy and financial systems.

It is one of 12 regional reserve banks that combine with the Board of Governors in Washington to make the Federal Reserve System.

The Federal Reserve Bank holds the largest gold vault in the world 80 feet below its surface.

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