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    Police defuse 'car bomb' in New York's Times Square

    BBC News - Police defuse 'car bomb' in New York's Times Square

    New York City police have defused an improvised car bomb parked in Times Square, one of the city's busiest tourist areas, officials say.

    They say propane tanks, fireworks, petrol, and a clock device were removed from a parked sports utility vehicle.
    Part of the district - where many theatres are sited - was sealed off.
    Both US President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the quick response by the New York Police Department.
    "We are very lucky," Mr Bloomberg told reporters. "We avoided what could have been a very deadly event."
    "We have no idea who did this and why," he said, adding that the incident was a "reminder of the dangers that we face".
    Correspondents say New York City police are on constant alert after a series of alleged terror plots in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.
    Suspect spotted
    The security alert was triggered when a street vendor saw smoke coming from a black Nissan Pathfinder parked on 45th Street and Seventh Avenue at about 1830 (2230 GMT) on Saturday.

    There is talk about moving us to another hotel but I am not sure how this is going to happen


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    Police shut down several blocks of Times Square, as well as subway lines, while a robotic arm broke windows of the vehicle.
    "There were explosive elements, including powder, gasoline, propane and some kind of electrical wires attached to a clock," police spokesman Paul Browne told reporters early on Sunday.
    "No motive has been identified," he added.
    Security videotapes are being reviewed after reports that a person was seen running away from the vehicle.
    The car's plates do not match the registration, the spokesman said.
    Jerry Brown, one of the tourists evacuated from the nearby Marriot Marquis hotel, told the BBC: "Guests are sitting on the street and there is considerable chaos... There is talk about moving us to another hotel but I am not sure how this is going to happen."
    Most Broadway shows went ahead despite the alert.
    FBI agents have joined NYPD investigators at the scene.
    The White House said President Obama was being kept up to date on the investigation.
    The most recent terror alert in New York City involved a plot to set off suicide bombs in the subway system.
    Earlier this year an Afghan immigrant, Najibullah Zazi, and an associate, Zarein Ahmedzay, both pleaded guilty in connection with the attempt.

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    Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for attack

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police combed through a charred SUV and a crude assortment of explosives Sunday for clues to a failed Times Square bombing as a monitoring group reported that the Pakistani Taliban had claimed responsibility for the terrorist threat.

    Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility for attempted Times Square bombing - The Barrie Examiner - Ontario, CA

    How disappointing. Since it was such an amateur job, I was sure the press would say white supremacists were behind it.

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    How disappointing. Since it was such an amateur job, I was sure the press would say white supremacists were behind it.
    idiot alert!

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    ^ Yep, idiot posing as the answer to the question of life, the universe and everything. How cute.

    Now NY cops say it was not the Taliban. More as news develops.

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    taliban?? have you any idea what taliban or al qaeda is? lol what a bullshit. Blowing shit up is easy for a so called terrosist organization, but many obviously think that the fbi/cia could stop it....lol


    the law of " fear rules" is a millenia old rule and it still works lol greate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 42 View Post
    How disappointing. Since it was such an amateur job, I was sure the press would say white supremacists were behind it.
    idiot alert!
    Indeed . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Bob
    "There were explosive elements, including powder, gasoline, propane and some kind of electrical wires attached to a clock," police spokesman Paul Browne told reporters early on Sunday.
    Must have been white supremacists . . . they forgot to wind up the clock

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Gorgon View Post
    More as news develops.
    Please no, please! We all have TVs and Internet, thank you.

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    Fair and Balanced, Camel Toe. Fair and Balanced

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    Like when a kwai steps on a teeter totter and sends your daughter into space?

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    Times Square was evacuated for 10 hours on Saturday

    BBC News - Man 'arrested' over attempt to bomb NY's Times Square
    US investigators have arrested a suspect in an attempted car bomb attack in New York City, police sources say.
    The sources told media outlets that a US citizen of Pakistani origin who recently bought the car used in the failed bombing had been arrested.
    The vehicle was left in New York's Times Square on Saturday with a bomb made from fertiliser, fireworks, petrol and propane gas tanks.
    The bomb was discovered and dismantled before it could explode.
    The suspect, who has not been named, is reportedly being held in New York.
    The police sources told US media that he had recently returned from a trip to Pakistan and three weeks ago bought the Nissan Pathfinder SUV used in the attempted bombing.

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    So pleased it never went off. I love NYC, and if I had a list of top 5 cities where I would most like to live, NYC would be in there. Fantastic place, and people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Number 42 View Post
    How disappointing. Since it was such an amateur job, I was sure the press would say white supremacists were behind it.
    idiot alert!
    Here ya go...better than the press, the mayor of NYC says it could be a local weirdo. Now we know.


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    Times Square suspect charged in terror plot - Security- msnbc.com

    Times Square suspect charged in terror plot

    Pakistan officials detain five people believed to have worked with suspect

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    updated 11 minutes ago
    NEW YORK - A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen was charged Tuesday with terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in the botched Times Square bombing. The government said he confessed to receiving explosives training in Pakistan.

    Faisal Shahzad was arrested Monday night, pulled off a plane that was about to fly to the Middle East.

    According to the complaint, Shahzad confessed to buying an SUV, rigging it with a homemade bomb and driving it Saturday night into Times Square, where he tried to detonate it.

    In Pakistan, intelligence officials said several people had been detained in connection with the Times Square case.

    Shahzad, 30, admitted to receiving bomb-making training in Waziristan, the lawless tribal region where the Pakistani Taliban operates with near impunity, but there is no mention of al-Qaida in the complaint filed in Manhattan federal court.

    "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," Attorney General Eric Holder said in Washington.

    Shahzad was on board a Dubai-bound flight that was taxiing away from the gate at Kennedy Airport late Monday when federal authorities took him into custody, law enforcement officials said. Federal officials had placed him on a "no-fly" list hours before his arrest.

    Holder said Shahzad was talking to investigators, providing them with valuable information, The FBI read Shahzad his constitutional rights after he provided the information, and he continued to cooperate, FBI Deputy Director John Pistole said.

    Shahzad's court appearance Tuesday was delayed, in part because he was cooperating with authorities.

    Authorities tracked down Shahzad using the vehicle identification number on the Nissan Pathfinder that failed to detonate. They linked that number to a recent sale in Connecticut, Holder said.

    Paid cash for ticket
    U.S. government officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Shahzad made his flight reservation on the way to the airport and paid for his ticket in cash.

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, while refusing to criticize agencies, said the suspect was "clearly on the plane and shouldn't have been." Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declined to say how Shahzad was able to board the flight if he was on the No Fly list.

    In Pakistan, intelligence officials told NBC they had detained five suspects in the southern city of Karachi in connection with the Times Square case, including one woman.

    A Pakistani TV station reported that Shahzad spent time in Karachi and visited the northwestern city of Peshawar during his recent stay in Pakistan. Peshawar is a gateway for foreigners seeking to travel into nearby tribal regions, where militant groups have long had sanctuary.

    Pakistan's embassy in Washington said it would work with U.S. intelligence to unravel the failed bombing but said at the moment it appears the would-be bomber was a lone "disturbed individual."

    ‘Hundreds of lives’
    President Barack Obama said "hundreds of lives" may have been saved Saturday night by the quick action of ordinary citizens and law enforcement authorities who saw the smoking SUV parked in Times Square.

    "As Americans and as a nation, we will not be terrorized. We will not cower in fear. We will not be intimidated," Obama said.

    Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Pakistan, was accused of driving a car bomb into Times Square, authorities said.

    "It is clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," Holder said.

    Shahzad had recently returned from a five-month trip to Pakistan, where he had a wife, according to law enforcement officials who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation into the failed car bombing.

    Shahzad became a naturalized U.S. citizen last year shortly before traveling to Pakistan, a federal law enforcement official in Washington said, speaking on condition of anonymity amid the ongoing investigation.

    Investigators hadn't established an immediate connection to the Pakistani Taliban — which had claimed responsibility for the botched bombing in three videos — or any foreign terrorist groups, a law enforcement official told the AP.

    "He's claimed to have acted alone, but these are things that have to be investigated," the official said.

    Another law enforcement official said Shahzad was not known to the U.S. intelligence community before the failed bombing attempt, in which authorities found a crude bomb of gasoline, propane and fireworks in a 1993 Nissan Pathfinder parked on a bustling street in Times Square.

    The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan was handling the case and said Shahzad would appear in court later Tuesday. Shahzad will face charges "for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1," according to a statement by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, FBI agent George Venizelos and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

    Meanwhile on Tuesday, FBI agents searched the home at a known address for Shahzad in Bridgeport, Conn., early Tuesday, said agent Kimberly Mertz, who wouldn't answer questions about the search.

    Authorities removed filled plastic bags from the house in a mixed-race, working-class neighborhood of multifamily homes in Connecticut's largest city. A bomb squad came and went without entering as local police and FBI agents gathered in the cordoned-off street. FBI agents appeared to have found fireworks in the driveway that they were marking off as evidence.

    He used to live in a two-story grayish-brown colonial with a sloping yard in a working-class neighborhood in Shelton. The home looked as if it had been unoccupied for a while, with grass growing in the driveway and bags of garbage lying about.

    Described as quiet
    A neighbor in Bridgeport described him as quiet.

    "Nobody ever had a problem with him," said Dawn Sampson, 34, who lives across the street from Shahzad's third-floor apartment. She said he had remodeled it and had put on the market to rent for $1,200, a fee she thought was much too high.

    Law enforcement officials say Shahzad paid $1,300 cash three weeks ago for the Pathfinder, going first for a test-drive in a mall and offering less than the $1,800 advertised price. Peggy Colas, 19, of Bridgeport, sold the car to Shahzad after he answered an Internet ad, law enforcement officials said. The officials spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the case.

    The vehicle identification number had been removed from the Pathfinder's dashboard, but it was stamped on the engine, and investigators used it to find the owner of record, who told them a stranger bought it. As the SUV buyer came into focus, investigators backed off other leads.

    The SUV was parked near a theater where the musical "The Lion King" was being performed. The bomb inside it had cheap-looking alarm clocks connected to a 16-ounce can filled with fireworks, which were apparently intended to detonate gas cans and set off propane tanks in a chain reaction "to cause mayhem, to create casualties," police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

    A metal rifle cabinet in the SUV's cargo area was packed with fertilizer, but NYPD bomb experts believe it was not a type volatile enough to explode like the ammonium nitrate grade fertilizer used in previous terrorist bombings.

    Police said the SUV bomb could have produced "a significant fireball" and sprayed shrapnel with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows.

    A vendor alerted a police officer to the parked SUV, which was smoking. Times Square, clogged with tourists on a warm evening, was shut down for 10 hours. A bomb squad dismantled the bomb and no one was hurt.

    Holder urged Americans should remain vigilant.

    "It's clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans," he said.

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the arrest should not be as used as an excuse for anti-Muslim actions. "We will not tolerate any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers," he said.

    Authorities did not address Shahzad's plans in Dubai. The airport there is the Middle East's busiest and is a major transit point for passengers traveling between the West and much of Asia, particularly India and Pakistan.

    Dubai-based Emirates airline said three passengers were pulled from Flight EK202, which was delayed for about seven hours. The airline did not identify Shahzad by name or name the other two passengers.

    The aircraft and passengers were then screened again before taking off Tuesday morning, and the airline is "cooperating with the local authorities," Emirates said in a statement e-mailed to the AP. The other two passengers who had been removed were allowed to get back aboard the flight, the airline said.

    The suspect's vehicle also was discovered in the airport's blue lot, NBC News reported. Authorities evacuated the parking lot while checking the vehicle and discovered a 9mm pistol inside, NBC News reported.

    Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik told the AP that authorities had not been formally asked for help in the investigation but would cooperate if asked.

    More than a dozen people with U.S. citizenship or residency have been accused in the past two years of supporting, attempting or carrying out attacks on U.S. soil, illustrating the threat of violent extremism from within the U.S.

    Among them are Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, a U.S.-born Army psychiatrist of Palestinian descent, charged with fatally shooting 13 people last year at Fort Hood, Texas; Najibullah Zazi, a Denver-area airport shuttle driver who pleaded guilty in February in a plot to bomb New York subways; and a Pennsylvania woman who authorities say became radicalized online as "Jihad Jane" and plotted to kill a Swedish artist whose work offended Muslims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muadib
    terrorism
    Quote Originally Posted by Muadib
    attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction
    Love these catch-phrases now . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by Muadib
    Faisal Shahzad was arrested Monday night, pulled off a plane that was about to fly to the Middle East.
    Smooth . . . but how did they get on the plane despite a No-Fly rule to their names?

    Well done, though

    Quote Originally Posted by Muadib
    "As Americans and as a nation, we will not be terrorized. We will not cower in fear. We will not be intimidated," Obama said.(We will not invade countries that have nothing to do with attacking us, killing thousands of civilians and creating chaos and misery . . .)


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    Quote Originally Posted by panama hat
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    Originally Posted by Muadib
    "As Americans and as a nation, we will not be terrorized. We will not cower in fear. We will not be intimidated," Obama said.(We will not invade countries that have nothing to do with attacking us, killing thousands of civilians and creating chaos and misery . . .)
    This must be a new policy, it's the exact opposite of the way the Merkins usually react.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muadib
    More than a dozen people with U.S. citizenship or residency have been accused in the past two years of supporting, attempting or carrying out attacks on U.S. soil, illustrating the threat of violent extremism from within the U.S.
    This is the saddest part about it. Same as the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Gorgon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Number 42 View Post
    How disappointing. Since it was such an amateur job, I was sure the press would say white supremacists were behind it.
    idiot alert!
    Here ya go...better than the press, the mayor of NYC says it could be a local weirdo. Now we know.

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    so Pakistani nationals have been arrested

    yes jetty, now we know that you are nothing but an old fat hate filled idiot!

    Not that we didn't already know that...

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    ^ hatter's second persona or another of his minions? poor boy.

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    Stalking me now, are you Jet?

    Gee, I may have to report you to the mods like a sniveling desiccated hag . . . but I won't as you're too precious to have outside of Issues. Care to slag off poster's mothers again like the nasty acidic bitch you are?


    Care to address the topic at hand or just continue your shit from Issues?



    A naturalised US citizen again . . . anyone think 'sleeper'?

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