Naturalized American citizen from Pakistan arrested in Times Square bomb case
May 4, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Federal agents and police detectives arrested a man in connection with Saturday’s foiled Times Square attack late Monday at JFK Airport, perhaps just in the nick of time. The Connecticut man, Faisal Shahzad, 30, is a naturalized American citizen who is originally from Pakistan. He had recently returned from a 5 month trip to Pakistan. He was nabbed “at the last second,” boarding a Emirates Airlines plane headed to Dubai, which had to reportedly return to the gate for authorities to make the arrest. On a side note, Emirate Airlines said in a statement that US officials took two other people off the flight.
“Emirates can confirm that its flight EK 202 (from New York to Dubai on May 3)… was called back by the local authorities prior to departure,” the airline said.
Shahzad reportedly paid cash three weeks ago for the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder later found parked in Times Square and rigged with explosives; no paperwork was apparently involved in the sale. Charges FBI agents searched the home at a known address for Shahzad in Bridgeport, Conn., early Tuesday, and removed filled plastic bags from the house overnight. Charges against Shahzad have not yet been announced. It seems that authorities don’t believe Shahzad was working alone. Senior Obama administration officials described a flood of international and domestic clues suggesting a plot involving more than one person. Pakistani officials said U.S. authorities have asked for their help investigating Shahzad.