The arrest of a 21-year-old Bangladeshi national accused in a foiled bomb plot this week offers new evidence that terrorists are determined to strike the U.S., law enforcement officials say. USA Today says the incident is a chilling reminder that New York City remains at the top of the hit list. More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, 15 plots against the city have been uncovered by federal and local authorities, says the New York Police Department. Previous targets have included the Brooklyn Bridge, Times Square, the city’s subway system, Citicorp Center, and the New York Stock Exchange.
This week, the Federal Reserve Bank in Lower Manhattan’s financial district was added to the list. Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis said he chose the landmark to strike against the U.S. economy in pursuit of a goal to “destroy America.” “New York is like the Super Bowl for terrorists, and it may always be,” said Don Borelli, former FBI assistant agent-in-charge in New York City. “There is a familiarity with New York. Even in the most remote places in the world, people know what New York means to America.”