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Feds: NYC Bomb Suspect Funded by Pakistani Taliban

By Allan Lengel

June 18, 2010 "
AOLNews" -- (June 17) -- In the months and weeks before allegedly planting a car bomb in Times Square, Faisal Shahzad was sent a total of about $12,000 from someone he understood worked for the Taliban in Pakistan, authorities charged today in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

That allegation was contained in a 10-count indictment that accuses Shahzad of driving a car bomb to Times Square in New York on May 1 to try to "kill and maim persons" and destroy property. He faces charges including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted act of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

"The facts alleged in this indictment show that the Pakistani Taliban facilitated Faisal Shahzad's attempted attack on American soil," Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. "Our nation averted serious loss of life in this attempted bombing, but it is a reminder that we face an evolving threat that we must continue to fight with every tool available to the government."

Shahzad, who authorities say has admitted to planting the car bomb, was originally charged in a criminal complaint. But under federal procedures, prosecutors must then obtain an indictment to proceed to trial.

The indictment alleges that on Feb. 25, Shahzad received in Massachusetts about $5,000 in cash that had been sent from an unidentified "co-conspirator" in Pakistan, who he understood worked for Tehrik-e-Taliban, which is known as a Taliban umbrella group in Pakistan.

On March 15, the indictment alleges, he purchased a semiautomatic 9 mm Kel-Tec rifle in Connecticut.

The following month, on April 10, he received in Ronkonkoma, N.Y., about $7,000 that was sent at the direction of the same person from Pakistan, the indictment says. Eight days later, he bought the Nissan Pathfinder that was planted in Times Square with explosive materials.

After parking the car and attempting to detonate the explosives, he returned to his Connecticut home, the indictment says. Then on May 3 he drove to John F. Kennedy International Airport with his loaded Kel-Tec rifle. Authorities pulled him off a Dubai-bound plane just as it was about to take off.

The indictment also alleges that he received bomb-making training in Waziristan, Pakistan.


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