DHAKA - Bangladeshi security agents have questioned the family of a man accused of trying to blow up the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to find out if he has any link to militants, the country's foreign minister said on Friday.

Bangladeshi national Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis, 21, was arrested on Wednesday in New York and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda.

Nafis' father told reporters in Bangladesh's capital Dhaka a day later his son, who was studying in the United States, was innocent and the victim of a "racist conspiracy."

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