Suspect Admits Involvement in Times Square Car Bomb Attempt

The man suspected of being behind an attempt to blow up a car bomb in Times Square over the weekend has not denied his connection to the crime. Prosecutors said Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen of Pakistani-American descent, admitted that he “attempted to detonate a bomb in Times Square.”

Shahzad, who also went to Pakistan to train in bomb making, arrived back in the United States on February 3. He told authorities that he acted alone, a statement that police believe is untrue considering that the suspect about five months in the Taliban-infested Waziristan, Pakistan.

Shahzad was arrested on Monday while on board a plane that was about to leave for Dubai. Some of his relatives were also arrested for their possible involvement in the attempt to blow up an SUV filled with propane gas, gasoline, fireworks, and fertilizer. Shahzad could face life in prison if found guilty of charges that include an attempt to use a weapon of mass destruction.