The Straits Times
Published on Oct 18, 2012

New York suspect was no radical: Bangladeshi family


DHAKA (AFP) - The family of a Bangladeshi man accused of trying to blow up the New York Federal Reserve spoke of their distress on Thursday, describing him as a devout Muslim and denying he had shown radical tendencies.

Speaking from the family's home in Dhaka, a relative of Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis said they had spoken to him only hours before his arrest on Wednesday and even discussed a possible bride for him.

"We heard the news this morning. Everyone is crying here," the 21-year-old's brother-in-law, who would only give his first name Arik, told AFP.

"Nafis never showed any form of radicalisation when he was in Bangladesh.