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NY Bomb Suspect Confesses Role and Gives Investigators “Useful Information”

Atty. Gen Eric Holder at podium/doj photo

Atty. Gen Eric Holder at podium/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad admitted after his arrest Monday night that he brought the Nissan Pathfinder to Times Square on Saturday and tried to detonate it,  according to an FBI affivadit unsealed Tuesday afternoon.

The affidavit, part of criminal complaint, also stated that Shahzad admitted getting bomb training in Waziristan, Pakistan. That region of Paskistan is flush with Taliban and al Qaeda.

The affidavit also stated that he received phone calls from Pakistan around the time he was buying the car that was to be used in the bombing, and that his landlord saw bags of fertilizer in his garage. Fertilizer was found in the car with the explosive materials.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. told reporters Tuesday at a press conference in Washington  that  Shahzad, a Pakistani-born and naturalized U.S. citizen living in Connecticut, was being cooperative and continued to provide useful information even after he was Mirandized.

diagram of car bomb

diagram of car bomb

“As a result of those communications, Shahzad has provided useful information to authorities. We anticipate charging him with an act of terrorism transcending national borders, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, use of a destructive device during the commission of another crime, as well as assorted explosives charges.”

Holder declined to comment on reports that Shahzad said he acted alone or on one of the possible theories that the attempted bombing was a response to Comedy Central’s South Park cartoon show that mocked the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.

“Well, as I said, the investigation is ongoing, and we — our aim is to determine who is — exactly was involved in this matter, to bring all those people who are involved to justice,” Holder said.

N.Y. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who attended the press conference,  noted with pride how quick the arrest was made.

“Fifty-three hours and 20 minutes elapsed from the time Faisal Shahzad crossed Broadway in his pathfinder to the time he was apprehended at Kennedy Airport,” he said. “Jack Bauer may have caught him in “24.” But in the real world, 53’s not bad.”

Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting that Pakistani authorities have made several arrests after Shahzad was arrested in New York. But authorities said Wednesday that the arrest were unrelated to the New York case.

Security Lapse Let Suspect Board Plane (New York Times)


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