Faisal Shahzad: 'From Suburban Father to a Terrorism Suspect'
The News, May 05, 2010
Times Square bomb Faisal Shahzad charged on five counts including global terrorism
RAWALPINDI A Connecticut man pulled off a plane bound for Dubai and arrested in a failed bid to set off a car bomb in Times Square has made statements implicating himself, a law enforcement official said on Tuesday morning.
The man, Faisal Shahzad, 30, a naturalized United States citizen from Pakistan, was taken into custody just before midnight Monday at Kennedy Airport aboard an Emirates flight that had just pulled away from the gate, officials said.
According to a Reuters report, US prosecutors on Tuesday charged the man with five counts, including trying to explode a weapon of mass destruction, and they said he admitted receiving bomb-making training in Pakistan.
Mr Shahzad had apparently driven to the airport in a white Isuzu Trooper that was found in a parking lot with a loaded handgun inside, the official said. Mr Shahzad also told authorities that he acted alone, but hours after he was arrested, security officials in Karachi said they arrested a Pakistani man who had spent time with Mr Shahzad during a recent visit there.
Mr Shahzad, who lives in Bridgeport, Conn, spent four months in Pakistan last year, the authorities said. His ties to that country as well as the arrest there of Mr Ferhan, strengthened suspicions that the Times Square plot had at least some tentacles reaching overseas.
Meanwhile, the United States said it is “working closely” with Pakistan in the probe into the botched New York car bombing. “We are working closely with the government of Pakistan regarding the ongoing investigation of the bomb plot in Times spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.
“We have very close law enforcement and intelligence relationships with Pakistan,” he said when asked for details of the cooperation. He also said US officials “appreciate Pakistan’s pledge of full cooperation.”
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