The 21-year-old Bangladeshi who allegedly planned to blow the Federal Reserve in New York, and target President Obama in a terror attack spoke to his family via Skype and updated them about his studies. Quazi is the son of a middle-class Bangladeshi banker who spent all his savings to send his son to US for higher education.
Therefore, the family was stunned to learn about his involvement in a terror plot. "My son couldn't have done it," his father, Quazi Ahsanullah, said weeping. The FBI arrested Quazi in a sting operation after he tried to detonate a fake 1,000-pound car bomb. Hours after he was arrested Bangladeshi detectives reached his house in the Jatrabari neighborhood in south Dhaka.
According to an officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity, "We are just collecting details about Nafis from his family."
However, Nafis family maintains their stance that their child may have been a victim of conspiracy. They believe that he was incapable of doing such actions. "He used to take someone to go the roof at night. I can't believe he could be part of it (the plot)," his father said.
On the flip side, Belal Ahmed, a spokesman from the university, said Nafis was a terrible student and was threatened with expulsion if he failed to bring his grades up to the mark. Nafis attended Southeast Missouri State University during the spring semester, which was supposed to end in May. While updating his family about his studies just hours before the arrest, he said that he was getting transferred to a college in New York.
Even though details are still being awaited, it is clear that while the New York City Police Department have been successful at foiling terror plots, it has done little to deter potential Jihadists and extremists who are always looking for an opportunity to wreck havoc.