Fla. Man Plotted NY Terror Attack but 'Lacked Funds'

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A Florida man is accused of plotting a terror attack on a landmark in New York City.

Raees Alam Qazi faced a judge at a detention hearing in south Florida Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors say the 20-year-old Pakistan native hatched a plot with his older brother Sheheryar Alam Qazi, a 30-year-old taxi driver. But they didn't have the money or bomb-making components to carry out the attack.

Possible targets included New York's Times Square, a Broadway theater, and Wall Street.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Gilbert told the court, "He fully intended to do this, and thankfully he didn't have enough money."

Investigators say they found bomb-making and related components at the Qazi family home in Oakland Park. They also found explosives research evidence on a computer.

Prosecutors said Raees was motivated by the lectures of the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen. Raees was trying to avenge al-Awlaki's death.

"He wants to avenge those deaths and kill people," Gilbert said.

A judge ordered Raees Qazi be held without bail until trial. His brother agreed to pretrial detention but could seek bail later.

Both brothers pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, they could be sentenced to life in prison.

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