Arrested man says 'alone' over New York bomb attempt

US authorities have arrested a US citizen of Pakistani origin in connection with Saturday's attempted car bombing in New York City's Times Square.

Arrested man says 'alone' over New York bomb attempt

The Pakistani-American suspect told investigators he acted alone and denied any ties to groups in his native Pakistan, a U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the investigation said on Tuesday.

US authorities have arrested a US citizen of Pakistani origin in connection with Saturday's attempted car bombing in New York City's Times Square.

"He's admitted to buying the truck, putting the devices together, putting them in the truck, leaving the truck there and leaving the scene," the source told Reuters news agency, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"He's claimed to have acted alone. He did admit to all the charges, so to speak," the source said, adding that investigators were still looking into his activities during a recent trip to Pakistan.

The department of justice said in the early hours of Tuesday that the suspect, identified as Faisal Shahzad, was arrested trying to board a flight from New York's John F Kennedy airport headed to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

US law-enforcement officials said Shahzad, 30, would appear in court later in the day to face charges "for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1".

Global ties?

Authorities carried out a court-authorized search warrant at Shahzad's home in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the FBI said on Tuesday in a predawn statement at the site. An FBI spokeswoman did not say what authorities had found.

Emirates, the airline whose flight Shahzad had boarded in New York before being detained, said in a statement that a total of three passengers were removed from the plane.

"Full security procedures were activated including the deplaning of all passengers and a thorough screening of the aircraft, passengers and baggage," an Emirates spokesperson said in an e-mailed statement.

Pakistan pledged to help the United States in the case.

"We will cooperate with the United States in identifying this individual and bringing him to justice," Interior Minister Rehman Malik told Reuters.

"This investigation is ongoing, as are our attempts to gather useful intelligence, and we continue to pursue a number of leads," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Law enforcement sources told Reuters that Saturday's attempted attack may have involved more than one person and could have international ties. The New York Times said Shahzad had recently returned from a trip to Pakistan.

"As we move forward, we will focus on not just holding those responsible for it (the failed bombing) accountable, but also on obtaining any intelligence about terrorist organizations overseas," Holder said.

The hunt for clues and suspects is being overseen by the Joint Terrorism Task Force, led by the U.S. Justice Department, as investigators pore over surveillance camera footage, the Nissan Pathfinder and the bomb parts.

Street vendors selling T-shirts and handbags alerted police on Saturday evening to the smoking and sparking vehicle that was parked with its engine running and hazard lights on near a Broadway theater where Disney's "The Lion King" is performed.

The Pathfinder, with a rear license plate taken from a car now in a repair shop in Connecticut, was rigged with propane gas cylinders, gasoline cans, fertilizer, fireworks and timing devices.


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