CaribWorldNews, WASHINGTON, D.C., Weds. May 5, 2010: A Pakistani immigrant who became a naturalized U.S. citizen just last year, has been blamed for the May 1 Times Square bomb scare.
U.S. Justice Department officials identified the suspect as Faisal Shahzad, 30, of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He was arrested Monday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as his flight to Dubai was about to take off, law enforcement officials said.
Shahzad reportedly was able to board the plane because he made his reservation on the way to the airport and it takes time to check flight manifests against no-fly lists, law enforcement officials added.
Shahzad allegedly drove a recently bought 1993 Nissan Pathfinder containing propane tanks, fertilizer and parked it in Times Square on Saturday night.
Yesterday he was 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, and explosives charges.
U.S. Attorney General, Barbadian American Eric Holder, said Shahzad continues to be questioned by federal agents and `has provided useful information to authorities. `
`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 this country,` said Holder. `We believe this suspected terrorist fashioned a bomb from rudimentary ingredients, placed it in a rusty SUV and drove it into Times Square with the intent to kill as many innocent tourists and theater-goers as possible.`