Federal prosecutors say the man who planned to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York came to the U.S. in January on the pretext of attending college in Missouri.

Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis (law enforcement photo)

21-year-old Quazi Ahsan Nafis has been detained after trying to detonate what undercover agents led him to believe was a van full of explosives in front of Federal Reserve. He faces charges of “attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda.”

From January to May, he was a student majoring in cybersecurity at Southeast Missouri State University.

Southeast Missouri State University President Ken Dobbins has issued a letter to students, faculty and staff at the instituion.  See it here.