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Bangladesh probing background of NY terror suspect

Last Updated: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 19:37

Dhaka: Police in Bangladesh on Saturday interviewed former teachers and classmates of a Bangladeshi man charged with trying to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York, investigating whether he had connections with radical groups at home.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police official Monirul Islam said detectives today will visit North South University in Dhaka where Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis studied before going to the United States. They were to interview teachers, classmates and school officials.

Bangladeshi detectives have already visited Nafis` village, where they found no evidence of ties with radical groups.

Nafis, 21, was arrested in New York on Wednesday in an FBI sting operation. A criminal complaint says he made several attempts to blow up a fake 454-kilogramme car bomb near the Federal Reserve.

Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir has pledged that Bangladesh will assist the United States in investigating Nafis.

Nafis` family in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka denied he could have been involved in the plot and said he went to America only to study.

PTI

First Published: Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 19:37
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