Times Square Bomb Suspect Arrested at Airport

Pakistani nabbed trying to flee US on flight to Dubai
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2010 11:56 PM CDT
Updated May 4, 2010 6:14 AM CDT
This photo released by the NYPD shows one of the alarm clocks found in the Nissan Pathfinder that was used in the attempted attack on Times Square.   (AP Photo/New York Police Department)
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(Newser) – A suspect in the failed car bomb attack on Times Square was taken into custody late last night while trying to flee the country. Faisal Shahzad, 30, of Connecticut, is being held in New York. Shahzad is a Pakistan-born US citizen who recently returned from a trip to Pakistan and bought the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder used in the failed attack, according to law enforcement officials. He was prevented from boarding a flight to Dubai at New York's JFK Airport, reports the New York Times

"It's clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters early this morning. Shahzad bought the car he used in his failed bomb on Craigslist. He paid $1,300 in cash to a 19-year-old college student. The National Security Agency has been tracking his cell phone calls, reports the New York Daily News. "This investigation is ongoing, as are our attempts to gather useful intelligence, and we continue to pursue a number of leads," said Holder.

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