The man accused of trying to blow up America's Federal Reserve has appeared in court charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al-Qaida.

Bangladeshi-born Qazi Nafis was caught in an elaborate sting operation carried out by the FBI agents. The suspected terrorist was caught outside the building with a fake bomb - that weighed one thousand pounds - which was given to him by the US security officials.

FBI agents grabbed 21-year-old Nafis, as he was holding a mobile phone that he believed was rigged up as a detonator. He'd already made several attempts to blow up the bomb inside a vehicle which was parked next to the Federal Reserve in Manhattan in the heart of New York. The building is home to the world's largest accumulation of gold. The FBI said the public was not in danger at any time.

Officials say the 21-year-old arrived in the US back in January with plans to quote 'destroy America'. Court documents claim he asked an undercover agent to videotape him saying: "We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom." In court, Nafis did not enter a plea and the judge ordered that he be held without bail.

Written and presented by Marverine Cole