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Grand Jury Indicts Faisal Shahzad in Times Square Bomb Plot

Annemarie McAvoy on My Fox New York, June 18, 2010

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MYFOXNY.COM - A federal grand jury has indicted Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad on 10 counts of weapons and terrorism charges, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Federal authorities have said that Shahzad, a Connecticut resident and U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin, drove an SUV packed with a homemade bomb into Times Square on May 1. The bomb failed to detonate.

Federal agents arrested him two days later just moments before he was to leave the county on an Emirates jet bound for Dubai. Officials have said he began cooperating with investigators almost from the moment of his arrest.

"The facts alleged in this indictment show that the Pakistani Taliban facilitated Faisal Shahzad’s attempted attack on American soil," said Attorney General Eric Holder. "Our nation averted serious loss of life in this attempted bombing, but it is a reminder that we face an evolving threat that we must continue to fight with every tool available to the government."

Shahzad, 30, received explosives training in Waziristan, Pakistan, from explosive trainers affiliated with Tehrik-e-Taliban, a militant extremist group based in Pakistan, according to the indictment and criminal complaint. He also received money at least twice from people in Paksitan, prosecutors alleged, but it is not clear if he had direct accomplices in the United States.

Federal and NYPD authorities are continuing their investigation into the failed bombing. Authorities detained several men in the Unites States who apparently had contact with Shahzad.

"Today's indictment is a stark reminder that New York remains a terrorist target and that we must be vigilant to protect the city," NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said in a statement.