Bangladeshi national Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis is charged with using a weapon of mass destruction.
He's also charged with trying to provide material support to alQaida.
Federal authorities arrested Nafis in a sting operation last month.
He allegedly tried to detonate what he thought was a one-thousand-pound bomb by using his cell phone as a trigger. The bomb was a fake.
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