Damn. I must be psychic.
Naturalized U.S. citizen arrested at JFK Airport for failed Times Square bomb plot. Faisal Shahzad. Muslim.
This is probabaly another greeting from our resident muslim population.
A failed car bomb smoked, popped and shut down Times Square, causing panic, evacuations and confusion Saturday on one of the tourist spot’s busiest nights. Most of the streets in the area were reopened Sunday morning, though a heavy police presence remained in the area.
New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said officers are heading to a town in Pennsylvania to talk to a man who believes he may have recorded a bombing suspect on his video camera. Police are looking a for a white male in his 40s who was seen shedding a dark shirt with a red shirt underneath, he said at an afternoon press conference. Investigators are now looking through “hundreds of hours of surveillance videos,” Mr. Kelly added.
NY Police Chief Ray Kelly says “no evidence” to support Pakistani Taliban claim of responsibility for Times Square car bomb.
On Sunday, a Pakistani Taliban group took credit for the attempted attack in a short video. The video, purportedly from the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan group, offered “congratulations to the Muslim ummah (community) on the jaw-breaking blow to Satan’s USA.” The video, which made no mention of the plot’s failure, said the attack was a response to recent killings of top Pakistani Taliban figures, including Baitullah Mehsud.
Mr. Kelly said there is no evidence of a Taliban link to the attempted bombing and noted that the group had falsely claimed responsibility for other incidents in which it had no involvement.
“The intent was to cause mayhem,” he said.
Authorities said a Nissan Pathfinder at West 45th Street and Seventh Avenue was left Saturday night loaded with a bomb made from two clocks, three propane gas tanks, two additional one-gallon gas canisters and fireworks.
“It appeared that [the bomb] was in the process of detonating and malfunctioned,” said police spokesman Paul Browne.
A street vendor alerted a policeman on mounted patrol—Wayne Rhatigan, 47 years old, a 19-year-veteran of the force. In an interview, Mr. Rhatigan said he smelled gunpowder coming from the vehicle and went toward it, thinking it could explode at any second. He grabbed two other officers to help move people away from the smoking Pathfinder as he called for backup at 6:34 p.m.
There were enough explosives in that vehicle to do some serious damage to people and surounding buildings. I hope they catch the bastards.