Thursday, May 6, 2010

Evidence Mounts for Taliban Role in Car Bomb Plot

Via NYTimes -

American officials said Wednesday that it was very likely that a radical group once thought unable to attack the United States had played a role in the bombing attempt in Times Square, elevating concerns about whether other militant groups could deliver at least a glancing blow on American soil.

Officials said that after two days of intense questioning of the bombing suspect, Faisal Shahzad, evidence was mounting that the group, the Pakistani Taliban, had helped inspire and train Mr. Shahzad in the months before he is alleged to have parked an explosives-filled sport utility vehicle in a busy Manhattan intersection on Saturday night. Officials said Mr. Shahzad had discussed his contacts with the group, and investigators had accumulated other evidence that they would not disclose.

On Thursday, interrogators from the United States and Pakistan were questioning four members the banned militant group Jaish-e-Muhammad, in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, in connection with the Times Square plot, according to a Pakistani security official. The official did not identify the militants.


Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) is a major Islamic mujahedeen organization based in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The group's primary motive is to separate Kashmir from India and it has carried out several attacks primarily in Indian-administered Kashmir. It has been banned in Pakistan since 2002, yet continues to operate several facilities in Pakistan. The group is regarded as a terrorist organization by several countries, including India, United States and United Kingdom.

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