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Times Square bomb suspect trained in Pakistan

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2010 | 12:00 AM


The suspect in the failed Times Square bombing told authorities he trained at a terrorism camp in Pakistan, officials said yesterday, as they worked to unravel the events leading up to the nearly catastrophic attack.

Faisal Shahzad was arrested late Monday and charged with trying to blow up a sports utility vehicle in crowded Times Square on Satur-day. Attorney General Eric Holder said Shahzad was cooperating with authorities and would face terrorism and weapons of mass destruction charges.

Valuable info

Holder said Shahzad had pro-vided valuable information, but the attorney general would not elaborate.

One law enforcement official said Shahzad told the Federal Bureau of Investigations he trained in Pakistan. A second said the training was believed to be in the lawless tribal region of Waziristan, where the Pakistani Taliban operates with near impunity.

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive continuing investigation.

The Pakistani Taliban has taken credit for the bomb plot, but US officials say there is no evidence to back that up.

The report of training raises the possibility that the attack was a coordinated international effort, but authorities have not said whether they believe that to be the case.