New York terrorist attempt has Missouri connections

Oct 19, 2012

The Bangladeshi man who allegedly tried to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank with 1,000 pounds of inert explosives has Missouri connections.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis came to the United States on a student visa to study at Southeast at Southeast Missouri State University.

He arrived at the university in January, but did not do well academically - he took 12 hours of entry level courses on transfer probation but could not earn a 2.0 grade point average and the university suspended him.

Over the summer, he requested the university transfer his records to a school in Brooklyn.

“This was an isolated instance that he went to New York and did some really foolish things. And we hope that doesn’t backlash on our students," said Ken Dobbins, president of Southeast.

Southeast currently has about 800 international students.

Dobbins says Nafis did not have a student conduct record. His instructors did not indicate Nafis was agitated or had any kind of emotional issues.