Federal authorities on Wednesday charged a 21-year-old Bangladeshi man with conspiring to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan, after he tried to detonate a van filled with what he believed to be explosives.
The entire plot was in fact an elaborate F.B.I. sting.
The man, Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, came to the United States in January and reached out to people he believed were Qaeda sympathizers, officials said, but one of the people he contacted was an F.B.I. informer who introduced him to an undercover agent.
The defendant ultimately told the agent that he wanted to blow up something in New York that would cripple the United States economy, officials said. The man initially considered targeting the Stock Exchange but later settled on the Federal Reserve Bank, a giant limestone landmark blocks from Wall Street.