Times Square bomb suspect caught at airport
Pakistani-born U.S. citizen was attempting to fly to Dubai from JFK
Authorities arrested a U.S. citizen in connection with the failed bombing attempt in New York’s Times Square as he tried to leave the country, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.
Faisal Shahzad, 30, was taken into custody at 11:45 p.m. ET Monday night by Customs and Border Protection agents after he boarded an Emirates airlines flight to Dubai at New York’s JFK airport, officials told NBC News.
U.S. government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Shahzad made his flight reservation on the way to the airport and paid for his ticket in cash.
Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan, was accused of driving a car bomb into Times Square, authorities said. He will appear in Manhattan Federal Court later Tuesday.
“It is clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans,” Holder said. [MSN]
Federal authorities are closing in on the man they say is a person of interest in the Times Square car bomb attempt this weekend, who is described as a naturalized American citizen who hails from Pakistan and just returned after spending five months there.
There is growing evidence the bomber did not act alone and had ties to radical elements overseas, with one senior official telling ABC News there are several individuals believed to be connected with the bombing and that at least one of them is a Pakistani-American.
Attorney General Eric Holder said today the investigators had made “substantial progress” in tracking the man who drove a Nissan Pathfinder into New York’s Times Square with a crude bomb that failed to detonate.[ABC]
You can watch the Times Square bomb video here:
Cops Find Suspected Car Bomb in Times Square