The Times Sq. bombing suspect's ties to Pakistan

May 4, 2010 8:34:53 PM PDT
The target was New York, but the culprit appears to be Muslim extremists 7,000 miles away in Pakistan, who trained Faisal Shahzed. He had U.S Citizenship and appeared to be a family man.

Faisal Shahzad must have been the Pakistani Taliban's great hope for finally striking a deadly blow to the U.S. heartland.

They desperately want revenge for the predator drone killing last year of one their leaders.

"He was someone the Taliban reached out to do the operation, but they clearly didn't get a fully prepared terrorist," said Vincent Cannistraro, a Former CIA Terrorism Expert.

In a Skype interview late Tuesday night, Former CIA Counterterrorism Chief Vincent Cannistraro told Eyewitness News that Shahzad is the latest attempt by the Pakistani Taliban to inflict harm on our homeland.

The criminal complaint seems to suggest the possibility stating that Shahzad received "bomb-making training in Waziristan."

"The guy was an amateur, he wasn't well-trained, wasn't a long-term dedicated terrorist, a Johnny come lately. The bad news is they're not going to stop," said Cannistraro.

Najibullah Zazi was also trained in Pakistan.

He was arrested last year in a plot to blow up New York City's subway.

In December, five men from Virginia were arrested in Pakistan and charged with plotting an attack against the U.S.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's Interior Minister said several men, including a friend of Shahzad has been detained in connection with the botched Times Square bombing.

Rehman Malik/Pakistan Interior Minister: "We condemn this incident and we will help and support the U.S. to bring these culprits to justice," said Pakistan Interior Minister, Rehman Malik.

Perhaps the most troubling question, is what triggers young Muslim men living in the U.S. to seek out terrorist training in Pakistan?

It doesn't take much, one expert thinks just the sense that the American dream is starting to slip them by.

"Maybe they lost their home, maybe they lost their job, and that's what resonates with them and they find in jihad something that makes sense and gives meaning in their life," suggested Prof. Scott Atron of the John Jay Center on Terrorism.


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