Bangladesh seeks access to suspected terrorism plotter in New York
Dhaka is seeking consular access to a Bangladeshi citizen arrested by US federal agents on suspicion of plotting terrorism in New York earlier this week, officials said Saturday.
The government also urged US authorities not to be hostile to members of the Bangladeshi community living in the United States because of a single individual's actions.
"Bangladesh embassy officials in Washington have asked for consular access to Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis at a meeting with State Department officials Friday," Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said.
US authorities arrested Nafis Wednesday on charges of plotting to use what he believed was a 1 000-pound bomb against the Federal Reserve Bank in Manhattan's financial district.
He was also charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaeda, according to the US Justice Department.
Born into a middle-class family, Nafis studied in private North South University and Dhaka College before leaving for the United States in January.