Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Faisal Shahzad (Pakistani-American) Arrested in Connection With Failed Time Square Car Bombing

Faisal Shahzad was arrested in connection with the failed car bombing of Time Square (NYC). In an almost movie type scene he was pulled off a plane that had left the gate heading to the Middle East. Shahzad has admitted to all the charges, and says he was acting alone. He was born in Pakistan but became a naturalized citizen. Given his recent trip to Pakistan, people are skeptical of his claim of acting alone. Pakistan's Taliban has already claimed responsibility.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6410CK20100504

"Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, was arrested late on Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as he tried to take a flight to Dubai, local and federal officials said.

Shahzad, 30, was due to appear in federal court later on Tuesday to face charges of "driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1," officials said. Had the bomb detonated, many people could have died, experts said.

"He's admitted to buying the truck, putting the devices together, putting them in the truck, leaving the truck there and leaving the scene," the law enforcement source told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"He's claimed to have acted alone. He did admit to all the charges, so to speak," the source said, adding that investigators were still looking into his activities during a recent trip to Pakistan.

If links were found between the failed Times Square bombing and Pakistan's Taliban, which claimed responsibility for it, Pakistan could come under renewed U.S. pressure to open risky new fronts against Islamic militants.
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Past Related Posts:
Berman Post: Failed Car Bomb in Time Square (NYC)
Berman Post: Attempted Time Square Bomber Used The Wrong Fertilizer

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