Times Square plotter says he planned second strike


New York : Faisal Shahzad, the 30-year-old Pakistani-American suspect in the failed Times Square bombing case, has said that he had planned a second strike in New York, a media report said Thursday.

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The confession was disclosed in new court documents that say that Shahzad, who was arrested two days after the attempted May 1 bomb attack while trying to flee the country, should get life in prison at his scheduled sentencing Oct 5.

According to the documents filed in a federal court Wednesday, at the time of his arrest, Shahzad said that “if he had not been arrested, he planned to detonate a second bomb in New York City two weeks later”, CNN reported.

Federal prosecutors said Shahzad “wanted to select the busiest time for pedestrian traffic in Times Square because pedestrians walking on the streets would be easier to kill and to injure than people driving in cars”.

The prosecutors also contended that Shahzad believed the bomb would kill about 40 people and that he “was prepared to conduct additional attacks until he was captured or killed”.

Shahzad June 21 pleaded guilty to all 10 counts in the indictment against him, telling the court, “I want to plead guilty 100 times because unless the US pulls out of Afghanistan and Iraq, until they stop drone strikes in Somalia, Pakistan and Yemen, and stop attacking Muslim lands, we will attack the US and be out to get them.”

Shahzad had admitted to receiving five days of weapons training in Waziristan region of Pakistan, but the new federal document discloses more about that trip.

Prosecutors said Shahzad spent 40 days beginning in December 2009 in the tribal region that straddles Pakistan and Afghanistan where he lived with members of the Pakistani Taliban, or Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

According to the document, he worked with an experienced bomb trainer affiliated with the TTP for five days. In addition, Shahzad was given $5,000 to help fund the mission and agreed to appear in a TTP video glorifying the planned attack, the report said.

The roughly 40-minute video, as per the document, features Shahzad quoting from the Quran while the other side of the screen is filled with images of Times Square after the botched bombing.

Towards the end of the video, the memo quotes Shahzad as saying, “I have been trying to join my brothers in jehad ever since 9/11 happened. I am planning to wage an attack inside America.”