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Man arrested in NYC terror plot inspired by slain Charlotte terrorist, FBI says

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Samir Khan in 2008 during a WBTV interview Samir Khan in 2008 during a WBTV interview
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV/AP) -

A man arrested by the FBI for plotting a terrorist attack on the Federal Reserve in New York City was inspired, in part, by "Inspire", an online terror magazine that was run by Samir Khan.

Khan, a former Charlotte resident, was killed earlier this year by a U.S. drone attack in Yemen.

On Thursday, a law enforcement official says the high-ranking U.S. government official who was allegedly considered for assassination during a terrorism plot has been identified as President Barack Obama.
 
The official stresses that the suspect never got beyond the discussion stage.
 
The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and talked to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.
 
Authorities have said the Bangladeshi man snared in an FBI terror sting also considered targeting the New York Stock Exchange before picking one of New York City's most fortified sites: The Federal Reserve.
 
Quazi Nafis was arrested Wednesday after a sting operation. Authorities say he parked a van filled with what he believed were explosives outside the building and tried to detonate it.

Nafis was inspired by online video sermons from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's deceased chief of external operations, Anwar al-Awlaki.

Khan ran his online magazine from the basement of his parents house in Charlotte, before heading overseas to join al-Awlaki.

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