Times Square Bomb Plot Has Foreign Links: Officials

Administration calls failed attack terrorism
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2010 4:55 PM CDT
Officials increasingly see international plot in Times Square bomb attempt
A frame made from a surveillance video released by the New York Police Monday May 3, 2010, shows a man, right, removing a shirt in an alleyway in New York.   (AP Photo/NYPD)

(Newser) – The failed Times Square bombing was likely the work of more than one individual and may have been organized by people living abroad, the Washington Post reports. Administration officials won't say the incident was the work of an international organization—despite what the Pakistani Taliban claims—but were examining international communications that may be related. For now, no hard evidence points to "an international plot, a multi-organizational plot," one official said. "We're just not there."

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Nonetheless, other officials said intelligence agents had found "tell-tale signs" of a "foreign nexus" for the bomb attempt. And the White House declared the incident an act of terrorism: "I would say that was intended to terrorize, and I would say that whomever did that would be categorized as a terrorist," spokesman Robert Gibbs said today.
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