NY suspect faces terror charges

2010-05-04 19:47

Washington - A Pakistani-American arrested for the New York car bomb plot will be charged with international terrorism and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, US officials said on Tuesday.

They added they also were pursuing leads on whether the suspect, Faisal Shahzad, had any ties to radical groups in the United States or overseas.

Since he was dramatically pulled off a plane late on Monday, bound from New York to Dubai, Shahzad had "provided valuable intelligence and evidence" to investigators, said deputy FBI director John Pistole.

Shahzad was to be charged with "an act of terrorism transcending national borders, attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, use of a destructive device during the commission of another crime, as well as assorted explosives charges," said attorney general Eric Holder.

"Based on what we know so far, it is clear that this was a terrorist plot aimed at murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country," he added.

Shahzad, a US citizen originally from Pakistan, was arrested after Saturday's botched car bombing in New York's busy Times Square when he allegedly left a smoking bomb in a parked vehicle.

Holder said Shahzad had admitted involvement in the attack, which was foiled when a street vendor noticed smoke coming from the car and alerted police.

Pistole told the press conference that Shahzad had been placed on a "no-fly" list in the hours after he was identified as a suspect, which led to him being discovered as he tried to flee the country late on Monday.