The Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, Faisal Shahzad, admits he was involved in the Times Square car bombing attempt. Read more on Faisal Shahzad below.
Faisal Shahzad has admitted his involvement in the car bomb plot. He was about to leave on a flight to Dubai when FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives took him into custody late Monday.
“Based on what we know so far, it is clear that this was a terrorist plot aimed at murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Shahzad is being questioned and has provided valuable information to investigators, Holder said.
Shahzad made his last-minute flight reservation on his way to the airport, paying for his ticket with cash. His reservation was flagged and authorities were alerted.
Police discovered a fully loaded 9mm gun in Shahzad’s car at the airport, along with extra clips of ammunition.
Shahzad, 30, is a naturalized U.S. citizen and he had returned recently from a five-month trip to Pakistan, where he had a wife.
In Pakistan, officials have a friend of Shahzad’s named Tauseef, who was somehow involved in the Times Square bombing attempt, detained in the southern city of Karachi.
A total of four to eight people are being held for questioning after a series of law enforcement raids.
Investigators have not yet made a definite connection to the Pakistani Taliban, who have claimed responsibility for the bombing attempt in three separate videos.
Shahzad was thought to have been at his apartment in Connecticut Monday night when news started leaking ithat the FBI was looking for a Pakistani American. This apparently scared Faisal and he tried to run.
Authorities did a search of Shahzad’s Connecticut home, removing filled plastic bags from the home.
Police said the SUV bomb could have produced “a significant fireball” and sprayed shrapnel with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows.
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