Ex-financial analyst 'admits' New York bomb plot

A former financial analyst has admitted attempting to detonate a car bomb in New York City's Times Square, authorities have said.

Ex-financial analyst 'admits' New York bomb plot

A former financial analyst has admitted attempting to detonate a car bomb in New York City's Times Square, authorities have said.

Faisal Shahzad, a naturalised American, has admitted to trying to detonate the bomb in a sports utility vehicle, according to the government's legal complaint.

New York court documents said Shahzad returned to the United States on Feb. 3 on a one-way ticket from Pakistan, where he had spent the last five months visiting his parents.

He also confessed to receiving explosives training in Waziristan, a tribal region in Pakistan where the Taliban is suspected of operating, according to the complaint filed in a Manhattan federal court.

"Former financial analyst"

Shahzad, a former financial analyst who worked in the U.S. state of Connecticut, is the son of a retired vice air marshal, affording him a special status in Pakistan, where the military is the most powerful and influential institution.

Shahzad was taken off an Emirates plane that was about to depart for Dubai late on Monday.

An Emirates spokesman said on Wednesday that Shahzad's final destination was Islamabad.

He is married with two children, sources said, with his wife and children living somewhere in Pakistan. He had a job in Karachi some years ago and still carries a residency card from the metropolis. He recently visited the area with his family to attend a wedding, local media reported.

Shahzad's father, Bahar-ul-Haq, hurriedly vacated the family home in Peshawar late on Tuesday to avoid attention, according to Pakistan's the News newspaper.

Witnesses said he packed some belongings in a vehicle and left with family members, it said.

Shahzad's family is from the northwestern farming village of Mohin Banda, home to 5,000 people, in the Pabbi district.

Residents expressed disbelief on learning of Shahzad's involvement in the incident.

"This is our son," retired school teacher Nazirullah Khan told Reuters by telephone. "I recognised him. Last time when I met him, he didn't have a beard. I attended his wedding."

His brother is a mechanical engineer in Canada, Pakistani security officials said.

Security officials say Shahzad's parents resided in Peshawar. They said Shahzad also has a residency identification card from the commercial hub of Karachi.

On Tuesday in Karachi, Pakistan detained several, including friends and members of his extended family, officials said.

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Shahzad's family "are on our radar". "He is not from a radical or illiterate family. He is from an educated family," he told Reuters.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told CBS News he believed the failed attack was a retaliation for the United States targeting Taliban followers.

CBS News said he would appear in New York federal court on Wednesday.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said late on Tuesday that "he's giving us significant information. "We want to learn as much as we can about him, we want to learn about the training, who gave the training, where did it happen."


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