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Times Square bomb plot suspect video threatens US

15 July, 2010

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DUBAI: The man arrested for plotting a car bombing in New York’s Times Square appeared in a video on Al-Arabiya television on Wednesday in which he said he planned to attack the United States.

“This attack on the United States will be a revenge for all the Mujahideen... and oppressed Muslims, including ... Abu Musab al-Zarqawi (the late leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq),î said Faisal Shahzad.

The recording, whose authenticity could not immediately be confirmed, was made in English and had an Arabic voiceover. “I will carry this attack on their behalf, and I hope that it will please Muslims,” Faisal Shahzad said in the first video linking him to the abortive May 1 bomb plot and al-Qaeda.

“With Jihad (holy war), the basis of Islam can be enforced and the word of Allah and his religion will prevail,” he said. “Abandoning Jihad destroys the religion and puts Muslims in an insulting position as they get robbed of land and authority,” he added.

Dressed in the attire of Afghan fighters with a black turban and a trimmed beard, Shahzad appeared in a video that carried the “Umar Media” brand, with an AK-47 rifle apparently added by video editing to his left.

“Eight years have passed since the war in Afghanistan. You will see that the Muslims’ war has just started, and we will tell you how Islam will spread all over the world,” he said, reading at some point from a book.

Dubai-based Al-Arabiya said the video was 40-minutes long. It said Shahzad appeared in the video with Faqir Mohammed, the Taliban leader in Bajaur, but such footage was not aired.

Shahzad, 30, who was charged with international terrorism, allegedly drove a Nissan sports utility vehicle crammed with a large but malfunctioning bomb into Manhattan’s busiest neighbourhood, as thousands flocked to theatres and tourist attractions.He was arrested just before his flight left New York’s JFK airport and 53 hours after police found the homemade bomb smouldering in the SUV parked outside a theatre.


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