Authorities arrested Faisal Shahzad late last night, calling him the man
responsible for the failed car bomb in New York City's Times Square on
Saturday. Shahzad was pulled off of an airliner leaving from Kennedy
Airport in New York for Dubai. He is a naturalized American citizen who was born in Pakistan, where he had recently traveled. But there
remains much we don't know about Shahzad, such as whether he is connected to any
groups, and why he drove that Nissan Pathfinder into Times Square.
Here's what we know and what's still unanswered.
Taliban Denies Videotape A videotape released Monday, in which a
man says he is part of the Pakistan-based insurgent group
Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for
the car bomb. But the spokesman for TTP says the group never released the tape.
"We don't know about this video. As far as I know, none of our people
have posted the video. We have no information about it," he told media.
Know How To Make a BombABC News reports, "Instead of
ammonium nitrate, the kind of fertilizer used by Oklahoma City
McVeigh, the person who abandoned the van on the crowded New York
City street had a metal gun locker full of a harmless fertilizer. ... if
that person were not aware of the characteristics of the fertilizer it
could point to the fact that the bomber did not know what he was doing.
Sources also told ABC News that the valves on the propane tanks were not
open, which would have made it less likely that the gas inside would
Two Other People Pulled Off Shahzad's Flight
The New York Times reports,
"Two other passengers were removed from the plane, Emirates [airline]
said, but it was unclear whether they were connected with the bombing
Lived in Bridgeport, Connecticut The Wall Street Journal
reports, "Federal agents and police conducted a search of a house in
Bridgeport, Conn., related to the investigation early Tuesday morning.
... Officials appeared to be searching a multifamily house on
Bridgeport's east side, according to witness Ted Fiorito, who arrived at
the scene shortly after 2 a.m. ET. Mr. Fiorito said officials appeared
to have evacuated several buildings around the one they were searching.
He said they removed bags from the building." ABC News speaks to a
Family? The New York Times reports,
"Early Tuesday, at Mr. Shahzad’s former home in Shelton, Conn., just
outside Bridgeport, a neighbor said that Mr. Shahzad and his wife, Huma
Mian, spoke limited English and kept mostly to themselves. The couple
had two young children, a girl and a boy, said the neighbor, Brenda
Thurman. Ms. Thurman said the couple had lived at the house at 119 Long
Hill Avenue for about three years before moving out last year. Mr.
Shahzad left around May, she said, and his wife followed about a month
Online Jihadists Divided Foreign Policy's Brian Fishman writes, "The
response on jihadi forums to the Times Square
attack and these films has been generally positive. Jihadi posters
Hussain's claim of responsibility for the Times Square
attack, though Western officials have denied an operational link.
Posters are likewise
gleeful that Mehsud is alive. But there is worry among some jihadi
supporters that the failed Times Square attack
makes jihadists look weak. They hope the bombing scares Americans, but
dismayed that it has already been called 'amateurish' in the media.
want to see fear, and they are not getting enough of it in this case."
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