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Former SEMO Student pleads guilty to terrorism attempt

Feb 07, 2013 -- 5:30pm


The Bangladesh native and former Southeast Missouri State University student accused of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in New York with what he thought was a 1,000-pound car bomb pled guilty Thursday to terrorism charges stemming from an FBI sting.  21-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis told the judge he had intentions to commit a violent jihadist act and regretted his involvement in the case.  He faces a possible life sentence on May 30 for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida in October. Investigators say Nafis contacted a government informant, who then went to federal authorities.  He participated in an attempt to set off a bomb remotely from a hotel room, unaware that it was all fake.  Nafis attended Southeast for only one semester, studying cybersecurity, then transferred to a school in Brooklyn.

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