May 5th, 2010
09:21 PM ET

Latest Updates: Times Square bomb investigation

Faisal Shahzad has been charged in association with the Times Square bombing plot.

[Updated at 9:21 p.m.] Authorities in Pakistan have rounded up a number of people for questioning, as U.S. law enforcement sought Wednesday to piece together the actions and motivations of the Times Square car bombing suspect.

Iftikhar Mian, the father-in-law of suspect Faisal Shahzad, and Tauseef Ahmed, Shahzad's friend, were picked up in Karachi on Tuesday, two intelligence officials said.

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[Updated at 8:47 p.m.]  An official familiar with the investigation into accused Times Square bomb plotter Faisal Shahzad said Wednesday that Shahzad felt Islam was under attack.

- From CNN Homeland Security Correspondent Jeanne Meserve

[Updated at 5:19 p.m.] The suspect in last Saturday's botched bombing in Times Square was driven last July to a meeting with at least one senior Taliban leader in Pakistan by a man taken into custody Tuesday, a senior Pakistani official said Wednesday.

The official told CNN that Muhammed Rehan, who was detained Tuesday in Karachi, drove Faisal Shahzad on July 7 in a pickup truck to Peshawar.

At some point, they headed to the Waziristan region, where they met with one or more senior Taliban leaders, the official said. Rehan is believed to have links to the militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed, which is close to al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban, the official said.

- CNN's Reza Sayah and Samson Desta contributed to this report.

[Updated at 3:12 p.m.] A law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN that investigators found a train receipt showing that Faisal Shahzad got on a train from New York City to Connecticut some 30 minutes after allegedly parking the car bomb in Times Square. This source says investigators believe he ran to catch the train and that the train pulled out around 7p or 7:15p Saturday night. The source is unsure which CT station he ended up at.

[Updated at 2:05 p.m.] The U.S. entity charged with questioning top terrorist suspects is involved in the questioning of Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square car bombing suspect, an administration official said Wednesday.
The official said the High-Value Interrogation Group is participating in the interrogation.

"We will utilize elements of the HIG and other subject-matter experts to best provide support to the questioning and the investigation," the official said.

[Updated at 10:58 a.m.] A Pakistani Taliban spokesman said his group has no link to Times Square car bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad, but he warned that its fighters have been sent to the United States and the "results" of that decision will soon be evident.Azam Tariq, spokesman for the group, told CNN by phone Wednesday that Shahzad's action was "very good."

While it's possible he got training from other groups, Tariq said that Shahzad - suspected of receiving bomb-making training in Pakistan - didn't receive such instruction from his organization, officially known as Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan.

Tariq said the Pakistani Taliban recently decided that it "will defend Islam by any means necessary" anywhere Muslims are deemed to be in danger.

"Right now America is the biggest enemy of Islam. We have sent our mujahedeen to America and you will soon see the results."

[Updated at 10:14 a.m.] The Connecticut Post obtained documents and the passport of Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad at his home in Shelton, Connecticut.

They also found cards, documents and transcripts from Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., where he attended school in the 1990s.

"The copy of his Pakistani passport shows a picture of a serious-looking young man dressed in a suit and tie. It lists his occupation as a student and his religion as Muslim," the Connecticut Post reported. "The document expired in February 2000. A copy of one entry shows a stamp allowing entry into the United Kingdom good until June 4, 1996 and is stamped Karachi, Pakistan."

The passport obtained by the Connecticut Post shows a young Faisal Shahzad.

[Updated at 10:03 a.m.] The Department of Homeland Security is changing its no-fly list update policies to prevent a repeat of what happened Monday, when the suspect in the Times Square attempted bombing was allowed to board a plane despite his name being on the no-fly list, a DHS official told CNN Wednesday.

[Updated at 8:51 a.m.] Faisal Shahzad knew authorities were on to him, law enforcement sources directly involved in the investigation told CNN. The sources said they believe Shahzad was aware they were closing in on him following news reports that he allegedly bought a car in Connecticut.

When Shahzad was arrested on a plane at JFK airport headed for Dubai, a law enforcement official tells CNN Shahzad knew his escape attempt failed. According to the official, Shahzad told agents "I was expecting you. Are you NYPD or FBI?"

[Updated at 8:33 a.m.] The father-in-law and a friend of the suspect in the Times Square car bombing attempt were among several people detained for questioning in Pakistan in the last two days, sources here told CNN Wednesday.

Iftikhar Mian, the father-in-law of suspect Faisal Shahzad, and Tauseef Ahmed, Shahzad's friend, were picked up in Karachi on Tuesday, two intelligence officials said.

Several officials in Karachi said others have been taken into custody for questioning on Wednesday, but they could not say how many were detained, who they were or where they were seized.

The officials asked not to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

[Posted at 7:06 a.m.] Fireworks used in the attempted car bombing of New York's Times Square were purchased from a store in Pike County in northeastern Pennsylvania, a federal law enforcement source told CNN Tuesday.

The source says the M-88 fireworks Faisal Shahzad is accused of placing in a Nissan Pathfinder were bought at a Phantom Fireworks store in Matamoras.

A complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court says Shahzad made a phone call to an unnamed Pennsylvania fireworks store.

Bruce Zoldan, the president of Phantom Fireworks, which has 55 stores across the country, would not confirm exactly what was purchased, or when, so as not to compromise the investigation. But he did confirm that the Matamoras store sells M-88 Silver Solutes, which are similar to what was found in the Nissan Pathfinder.

Zoldan says his company has been in touch with the FBI from the beginning of the investigation. The company's national security director is a retired member of the FBI, Zoldan says, and is currently dealing with active members of the FBI and exchanging information.

The company's vice president, William Weimer, says the M-88s are legal to purchase by consumers because they have a limited amount of pyrotechnic composition and are not very strong.

"The products simply do not chain detonate as I'm sure the culprit anticipated they would," Weimer said.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. sara

    kuttay ka bacha haramee. allah karay issay keeray parain, yeh kuttay kee mot maray

    May 5, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  2. sara

    to translate what i just said:. son of a bi__, bast__. God, I hope he dies a painful death.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. MediaJoke

    Now,CNN runs a story on :How the Car Bomb Was Constructed"! WHAT? Why in the world is this important to anyone other than the bomb makers! How irresponsible can the new media be! CNN, you stink!

    May 5, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. pat in Omaha

    I like CNN...it is my "homepage" and I check it everyday. In fact, it was in checking it Sunday morning that I read about the van in Times Square and I realized it was parked almost in front of the M.A.C. store where my son was working!!! OMG!!! And now CNN is posting "how to make a bomb"???????? PLEASE......help me understand why you would do such a brainless thing?

    May 5, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. JOHN T.

    I hope you all don't beleave theses extremist there saying that because it didn't blow if had blown up they would have taken credit I'm sure our family prays for New York.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  6. JOHN T.

    It doesn't take a Scientist to figure out how to make a so call ,"Bomb" ! I just don't get why they showed that FACE HE IS ALL OVER THE NET AND JUST THE UGLIEST PIECE OF HUMAN WASTE !

    May 5, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  7. Inmyopinion

    I do not believe that this man acted as a lone wolf...........someone was obviously giving him the financial resources he needed to try to pull this off! I hope they get to the bottom of it and that everyone who is behind this foiled terrorist plot is caught soon..

    May 5, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sam W

    There's nothing in this story that says how to make a bomb, and if there were, it would be NOTHING terrorists don't know how to do already.

    May 5, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SamRam

    RE: Highly Trained Terrorist

    Thankfully, he was not a "highly trained" terrorist; the people who encouraged him might be. The sons and daughters of families that received a $25,000 "grant" from the Saddam Hussein regime were not "highly trained" (some were actually teenage pregnant females); but they were effective and blew to bits hundreds of people on busses, at weddings or funerals, or at any place where unguarded innocents gather. Now, they have advanced the bizarre drive in their fanatic pursuit of "glory." They are attacking other groups of the Muslim Religion while they pray and prostrate themselves toward Allah; they are blasting to bits the dreams of their fellow citizenry while they gather in the marketplace or for a soccer game. Where is the "glory" and joy when you invade the lives - and end or ruin the lives - of those who have done you no harm? What kind of a bizarre fantasy does it take to think a soul, spirit - whatever one believes is the residue of our life on Planet Earth - will be welcomed with open arms after blowing to bits and maiming others of your own species?! And if there is a Here-After - wouldn't one have to Believe that there would be some other residual beings there that were somehow attached to the bodies that were blown apart on Planet Earth - and they would be a bit miffed?!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. smoojik

    First they say they were responsible but, then when its released that the bomber is a flailing idiot who couldn't blow up a balloon, they say they weren't involved. Which one is it? The US and Canada should close the border to all middle east immigration and visitation. Keep the garbage at the garbage dump.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. counterstream

    Someone said that: no all muslims are terrorist, but all terrorists are muslim.

    If a normal guy like him who is muslim working of all places – Wall Street. You would think he is americanized and know what great country this is. If we can trust someone like that, how do I trust if my muslim neighbors will not turn out to be aiding or terrorist themselves?

    Like at all the terrorist of 9/11, they went out drinking, socializing just like typical americans – how do we trust any muslim?

    May 5, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nick

    Why do muslims feel that they have the right to kill non muslims? America is not threatening their religion, but their religion is threating America. As the Special forces say, "Kill em all, let God sort them out."

    May 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jon

    Fortunately, all of these so-called bombers, from the shoe guy to the underwear guy, to this clown car guy are IDIOTS who couldn't blast their way out of a paper sack. Having said that, I suppose someday, someone, who is actually dangerous, will try something that will actually succeed.
    We seem to be very lucky so far. And, again, how do these people get on all these planes???? Something is still radically wrong with our security system.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zee500

    You Idiots...........Religion has nothing to do with this heineous act...dont blame all the Muslims...If this theory is tru..then Mcveigh's actions....we should blame all the christians...

    May 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. good point

    good point zee, i think sometimes we forget the atrocities that were committed by catholic and protestants after christianity was 1400 years old, petty muslim terrorists are nothing compared to the catholic church and the calvin response to it. Like always, my fellow Americans overreact on everything. I am personally against all religions, and feel the urge to point out that all religions are at fault. If islam is violent, then christianity is the devil himself.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
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