Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Bomb suspect busted at JFK Pakistani US citizen 'trying to flee US'


Wow.  A young muslim man tried to commit a terrorist act in NYC?  I would have NEVER guessed!!!



Bomb  suspect busted at JFK  
Pakistani  US citizen 'trying to flee US'



 Last Updated:  9:51 AM, May 4, 2010

A Connecticut man who recently spent several months in his native  Pakistan was arrested at Kennedy Airport early this morning in connection with the attempted Times Square car bombing, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

  Faisal Shahzad, 30, was trying to flee the United States and was headed for Dubai when he was apprehended by federal customs agents, the sources said.

Shahzad last week purchased the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder used in the would-be attack, the sources said, noting that an e-mail sent from his account had been used to contact the seller.

Meanwhile,  FBI agents searched the home at a known address for Shahzad in Bridgeport, Conn., early today. Special Agent Kimberly Mertz said the feds had a court ordered search warrant on the three story clapboard house, but wouldn't provide details except to confirm the search was related to the failed bomb plot.

Mertz wouldn't confirm of this was Shazad's address, but neighbors who were shown a facebook photo of Shazad recognized him as the owner of the house. He'd been renovating for the past 8 months or so -- though he didn't live there, neighbors said.

Authorities believe Shahzad drove the dark-green SUV -- loaded with propane, fireworks, gasoline, non-explosive fertilizer and a timing device -- to West 45th Street near  Broadway Saturday night and tried to detonate it.

He had recently returned from five months in Pakistan, where his wife lives, The Associated Press reported.

 Shahzad, a naturalized US citizen, had not been seen at his home or at his job since the Times Square incident.

 Federal charges of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction were pending.

Shahzad is believed to be only one of several people involved in the plot, and authorities are trying to determine if he has ties to foreign groups  -- possibly including al Qaeda.

  "This investigation is ongoing. It is multifaceted and it is aggressive," US Attorney General Eric Holder  said after the arrest. "It's clear that the intent behind this terrorist attack was to kill Americans."

  An Obama administration official said earlier, "Don't be surprised if you find a foreign nexus. They're looking at some telltale signs, and they're saying it's pointing in that direction."

  The arrest came as:

 * Forensic evidence gleaned from the SUV supported the theory of foreign terrorist involvement, officials said. A source said that evidence specifically involves one of the alarm clocks fashioned into a timing device on the propane-and-gasoline bomb.

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