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    Arik
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    Suspect Arrested in Times Square Bomb Attempt

    Post  Arik on Tue May 04, 2010 9:54 am

    (May 4) -- A 30-year-old Pakistani-American has been arrested in connection with the failed SUV bomb in New York's Times Square, reportedly pulled off a midnight flight for Dubai just after it rolled out of the gate for takeoff from Kennedy International Airport.

    Attorney General Eric Holder held a rare middle-of-the-night news conference early today to announce the arrest of Faisal Shahzad of Connecticut. Shahzad was born in Pakistan and became a U.S. citizen last year, according to reports.
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    This undated photo shows Faisal Shahzad, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent who was arrested in connection with a failed bombing attempt in New York's Times Square.

    The charges against Shahzad were not announced. The U.S. attorney's office in New York said he's due to appear in federal court in Manhattan today, where he'll be formally charged.

    The suspect is believed to have recently returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan. Authorities say he paid cash for the Nissan Pathfinder that was found rigged with propane tanks, fertilizer and gasoline Saturday evening in Times Square. Witnesses alerted police to the smoking SUV and the bomb was defused. New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said the device could have produced "a significant fireball" had it detonated properly.

    Shahzad was arrested moments after the plane left the departure gate at New York's JFK airport and was taxiing toward the runway, The Washington Post reported.
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    The sale of the Pathfinder a few weeks ago helped officials focus on Shahzad.

    Although its vehicle identification number had been removed from the dashboard, it was stamped on the engine, The Associated Press reported, and officials used the number to find the owner of record, who told them it was sold to a stranger.

    Authorities found its previous owner, who had advertised it for sale on the Internet. An ad that appears to be for the Pathfinder said it had 141,000 miles and was in good condition. Shahzad reportedly paid $1,300 in cash for the vehicle.

    "That was the key factor to our getting the guy so quick," an unidentified law enforcement official told the Post.

    The investigation also focused on two Connecticut cities where Shahzad lived, Shelton and then Bridgeport.

    In Bridgeport, authorities searched a home overnight and into this morning, removing plastic bags holding evidence, according to reports. The house was in a mixed-race, working-class neighborhood in the state's largest city, The Associated Press reported.

    A former neighbor in Shelton said Shahzad and his wife, Huma Mian, lived in the home for three years, spoke little English and mostly kept to themselves. Neighbor Brenda Thurman told The New York Times that Shahzad moved out in May 2009 and his wife about a month later. They have a young son and daughter, she said.

    Shahzad was nicely dressed early each morning and told Thurman he worked on Wall Street, she said.

    "I think he caught the train to New York," she told the Times.

    The arrest came after a sweeping two-day investigation in which officials said they uncovered a web of international and domestic clues that point to a plot involving more than one person.

    "It's clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," Holder told reporters at the Justice Department in Washington. His comments were carried by several news agencies. "We will not rest until we bring everyone responsible to justice."

    Authorities have been hesitant to comment on Shahzad's foreign links, though an unidentified U.S. official told the Post that investigators are scouring international phone records showing calls "between some of the people who might be associated with this and folks overseas." They've also uncovered evidence -- a piece of paper, fingerprints or possibly both -- that also indicates international ties, another official was quoted as saying.

    "We continue to gather leads in this investigation, and it's important that the American people remain vigilant," Holder said.

    "As we move forward, we will focus on not just holding those responsible for it accountable, but also on obtaining any intelligence about terrorist organizations overseas."

    President Barack Obama has been briefed periodically about the investigation and arrest.

    Police said that had the bomb detonated properly, it could have killed or wounded scores in a bustling tourist area home to dozens of restaurants and Broadway theaters. It's the most serious bombing attempt in the United States since the Christmas Day attack aboard a commercial airliner bound for Detroit. In that case, the suspect was a young Nigerian man with ties to al-Qaida.
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    Re: Suspect Arrested in Times Square Bomb Attempt

    Post  Yehudah on Tue May 04, 2010 4:48 pm

    I'm worried that this half-assed attempt is a ploy designed to engage all of the DHS and FBI, as a decoy. While big-sis is shaking hands, she needs to keep her head on a swivel.

    I really think something bad is gonna happen c"v.


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    Re: Suspect Arrested in Times Square Bomb Attempt

    Post  Arik on Thu May 06, 2010 9:09 am

    Well I hope you are wrong. I am hoping like the Xmas day bomber it was just an amateurish attempt that failed.

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