Pak-origin man who planted NY bomb held @ JFK airport
Pak-origin man who planted NY bomb held @ JFK airport
Was Fleeing US To Islamabad Via Dubai
Washington: Pakistan sustained its dreadful reputation as the world’s Terror Central after US authorities arrested a naturalised American citizen of Pakistani origin in connection with Saturday’s Times Square bombing attempt, even as he was said to be fleeing New York for Pakistan.
Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year old Pakistani who became a US citizen in April 2009, was apprehended from an Emirates flight headed for Dubai as it was pulling out of the gates at John F Kennedy airport,just before Monday midnight.
“They caught him at the last second,” authorities said, adding that the plane was recalled to the gate. His final destination was Islamabad and he had a card showing Pakistani residency. Shahzad is expected to be produced before a Manhattan court today.
Within hours, security officials in Pakistan said they had arrested seven or eight people. One of the men, identified as Tauhid Ahmed, was in touch with Shahzad via email, and had met him in the US or Karachi. Another man, Muhammad Rehan, was held from a Karachi mosque with known links to Jaishe-Muhammad. Rehan allegedly spent time with Shahzad in Peshawar.
SHADES OF HEADLEY? (the another pakistani origin terrorist)
1 Faisal Shahzad (30), who lives in Connecticut, allegedly left
the SUV with home-made propane bomb in Times Square, intended to “kill Americans”, says US attorney-general Eric Holder
2 Allegedly bought the SUV for $1,800 after it was put up for
sale online. Stole licence plate from an under-repair pick-up truck
3 Returned to US recently after
spending 5 months in Pakistan,
mostly in a Peshawar area dominated by Pak Taliban. 7-8 arrests in Pak within hours of his detention
Monday’s arrest highlights dangers from home-grown US terrorists of Pak origin, the first case being that of David Headley, LeT’s suspected recce man for 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Others include Najibullah Zazi and Nidal Malik Hasan
US-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies has warned authorities to focus on extremists born and raised in the US. They face fewer restrictions, can travel to link up with terror groups, get training and return to carry out attacks
Bomb suspect claims he was acting alone
Washington: A Pakistani from Connecticut who became a US citizen in 2009 was arrested while trying to flee the country from JFK airport on Monday in connection with the failed Times Square bombing.
Faisal Shahzad is expected to be produced before a Manhattan federal court on Tuesday afternoon to be formally charged. Two others who were taken off from the aircraft were later released. Shahzad told investigators that he was acting alone, CNN reported.
It is believed that authorities began focusing on Shahzad after they tracked the Nissan Pathfinder SUV used in the NYC incident to its previously registered owner in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The owner, who had advertised the vehicle for sale online, said it was sold to a man of Middle Eastern or Hispanic origin. The buyer reportedly drove off with the vehicle after paying $1,800 in cash.
Shahzad reportedly came on the authorities’ radar after he went to Dubai in June 2009—the same year he was naturalised—and returned to the US in February. He is believed to have travelled to Pakistan during that period.
Married and with two children, Shahzad commuted daily from Bridgeport to New York City, where he worked on Wall Street. Officials were searching his home in the hours after his arrest. The home was said to be under foreclosure and it was not clear where his wife and children were.
these pakis creats problems for others asians too
Re: Pak-origin man who planted NY bomb held @ JFK airport
Hakimullah writes to Aafia's sister; vows attack on US
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has written a letter to the sister of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani convicted for attempted murder by an American court, saying he would carry out a "memorable" attack against the US.
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief "threatened a memorable response against the United States" in the letter he wrote to Fouzia Siddiqui nearly two months ago, Dawn News channel reported.
On the basis of this letter, the channel contended that Hakimullah may have had a hand in the botched car bombing in New York City that resulted in the arrest of Pakistan-American Faisal Shahzad.
In the letter, Hakimullah declared the sister of the incarcerated Aafia Siddiqui as his own sister and assured her of all possible cooperation.
Threatening the US, he announced his intention to teach the country a "lesson".
Hakimullah also said in the letter that the leaders of Pakistan would face a "fitting response", the channel report.
The channel's report on the letter came days after the Taliban released a new video of Hakimullah in which he was seen threatening to carry out attacks on major cities in the US in retaliation for the death of top militant leaders.
"The time is very near when our fidayeen will attack the American states in their major cities," Hakimullah said in the video, which was posted on the internet hours after the attempted car bombing in New York City's Times Square.
The complaint filed in court by the FBI against Shahzad, 30, stated that had recently received bomb-making training in Pakistan's Waziristan tribal region.
Shahzad is the son of a retired Air Vice Marshal of the Pakistan Air Force.
US authorities have played down the possible connection between the Pakistani Taliban and the attempted car bombing in New York, saying the group does not have the global infrastructure to carry out such an attack.