Man shocked by terror claims against ex-classmate

Thursday, October 18, 2012

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former college classmate of a Bangladeshi man accused of plotting a car bomb attack on New York City's Federal Reserve says the allegations don't square with the peaceful student he remembers.

Jim Dow says he was shocked to learn of 21-year-old Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis' arrest Wednesday during an FBI terror sting in New York.

Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau says Nafis attended school only last spring. Dow says he had a physics class with Nafis and befriended him, giving the student a ride home twice a week.

Dow says Nafis was "real religious" and never seemed violent.

The university president says the FBI has assured him no one at the campus with more than 800 international students was in danger.

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