Registered: Dec 2008
10-17-12 08:19 PM
A Middle Eastern man tried to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan this morning, law-enforcement sources told the Post.
The terrorist wannabe parked a van filled with what he thought were explosives outside of the Liberty Street building, sources said, then tried to set them off using a cell phone detonator.
The suspect, who was not immediately identified, was provided the explosives from an undercover FBI agent that he met on the Internet and believed to be an accomplice, the sources said.
The suspect raised red flags after posting about Jihad online, they said.
The agent made contact with the jihadist about three months ago. The suspect told him that he wanted to blow up the bank, the sources said.
The suspect and the FBI agent planned the fake attack for months, sources said.
This morning, after parking the van, he went to the Millennium Hotel near the World Trade Center, where he called the cell phone in the van.
It did not explode, and he was arrested by federal agents.
The terrorist was the only one arrested, sources said.