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Terror Suspect Arrested in Times Square Case


The naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan arrested last night for his alleged role in the
attempted car bombing in Times Square last Saturday was a terrorist whose goal was
to murder Americans “in one of the busiest places in this country,” Attorney General
Eric Holder said today in Washington.

The arrest of Faisal Shahzad just over 53 hours after an explosives-filled SUV was
discovered abandoned in the middle of New York City’s famous tourist area could not have
happened without the cooperative efforts of federal and state law enforcement
working around the clock



Those partnerships were evident by the people standing with the attorney
general at a press conference held earlier today at the Department of Justice:

FBI Deputy Director John Pistole, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Secretary Janet Napolitano, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Assistant
Attorney General for National Security David Kris, and the U.S. Attorneys for the
Southern District of New York and the District of Connecticut.


“Our collective success unraveling this plot comes down to traditional investigative skills and
intelligence collection,” Pistole said. “We used traditional law enforcement techniques, such
as federal court-authorized search warrants, along with intelligence-based authorities, to
maximize our evidence and intelligence gathering.”

Working with New York Police Department detectives, the FBI identified Shahzad
as the person who purchased the SUV.
Based on that information, U.S. Customs and
Border Protection agents were able to uncover Shahzad’s extensive travel to Pakistan, which
eventually led to his arrest at JFK airport as he was trying to leave the country.


“Our Joint Terrorism Task Force agents and officers interviewed Shahzad early this morning,”
Pistole said, and he was “cooperative and provided valuable intelligence and evidence.”   

Shahzad is in custody and faces a variety of terrorism charges, but the case is ongoing.
The Bureau continues to investigate leads here and internationally, and we are conducting
a forensic examination of all evidence collected by the NYPD. “We also want to test the
potential impact of the device to ascertain what would have happened had it worked as
intended,” Pistole said.

Pistole and others thanked vigilant citizens, like the vendor in Times Square who
reported the suspicious vehicle to authorities.
“This investigation, like others we
have handled in the past year, once again reminds us that our work is not finished” with
regard to terrorists, he added. “We will continue to work side by side with our partners—and
with citizens across the country—to find and stop those who would do us harm.”

Anyone who believes they may have additional information that could assist in this
investigation, please contact the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI, submit a tip to the FBI electronically,
or call the New York Police Department at 1-800-577-TIPS.




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