Breaking News Update:Times Square Suspect Caught

Early Tuesday Morning US Attorney General Eric Holder announce that a suspect  in the Attempted Bombing in New York’s Time Square Last Saturday.  The suspect identified as Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old American of Pakistani decent  was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport, South Ozone Park, New York;  Neighborhood in the Borough of Queens in New York City.

Shahzad was attempting to flee the country trying to board a flight from JFK to Dubai when he was detained. From the Washington Post:

Authorities said Shahzad, who is of Pakistani origin, had paid cash for an SUV found with explosives in midtown Manhattan on Saturday night. Officials located him after a sweeping two-day investigation that yielded what senior Obama administration officials described as a flood of international and domestic clues suggesting a plot involving more than one person.

“It was clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans,” Holder said at a rare middle-of-the-night news conference at the Justice Department, nearly three hours after the suspect was pulled from an international flight that had already left the departure gate.

President Obama informed in the capture of Shahzad:

Administration officials said President Obama had been repeatedly briefed on the incident — which authorities said could have led to significant casualties if the explosives had detonated properly — since it began unfolding Saturday night. It bore some resemblance to the attempted bombing of an airliner in Detroit last Christmas Day, with citizen watchdogs earning much of the credit for averting the crisis and the White House scrambling to discover clues about a young male suspect with apparent ties that stretched beyond the United States.

From the New York Daily News: Shahzad from Bridgeport, CT bought the car via Craigslist.

Shahzad, 30, of Connecticut, bought his mobile weapon of mass destruction on craigslist – and paid a 19-year-old college student $1,300 cash for it.

Shahzad bought the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder that he left in Times Square last Saturday night two weeks ago in a deal without paperwork, sources said.The National Security Agency had also been tracking his cell phone calls, some of which had been made to overseas numbers.

The SUV was packed with enough fuel, fertilizer and explosives to ignite a massive fireball – and kill scores of people.

He is believed to have links to international terrorists and was already under surveillance for two days when the feds moved in.

They had hoped he would lead them to other possible suspects but scooped him up at JFK when he looked ready to run.

Read it All.

Washington Post

New York Daily News


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