Pakistan on Tuesday made several arrests in connection with the failed Times Square car bomb plot in New York, security sources said.
"We have picked up a few family members" related to Faisal Shahzad, the chief suspect in the attempted attack, a security official in Karachi said. He declined to elaborate.
Meanwhile, a source familiar with the investigation claimed that Shahzad was Kashmiri descent but it is not known if he was affiliated with any militant group.
Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani-American, was arrested late on Monday at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York after being removed from a plane as it was about take off for Dubai, officials said. An intelligence official in Pakistan claimed he received training in northwest Pakistan.
The source, who asked not to be named because the issue is sensitive, said the suspect was born in 1979 and was from the disputed Kashmiri region. He had been in the United States for some time.
"Which group he may have belonged to and how he became radicalized, we don't know yet," said the source. "He is Kashmiri by ethnicity," he added.Last Mod: 04 Mayıs 2010, 23:28