Pakistan: NYC bomber likely "disturbed individual"

Country's embassy says Times Square bomb suspect was a lone anomaly, not representative of Pakistani people


Matt Apuzzo
May 4, 2010 9:27PM (UTC)

Pakistan's embassy says it will work with U.S. intelligence to unravel the failed Times Square bombing but that at the moment it appears the would-be bomber was a lone "disturbed individual."

Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, is under arrest for the failed bombing.

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"An overwhelming majority of Pakistani Americans share the aspirations of civilized people everywhere for a terror-free world and should be seen as allies against the misguided individuals who undertake or plan acts of terror," Ambassador Husain Haqqani said in a statement released by the embassy

Though intelligence officials in Pakistan say at least one man has been detained in the case in Karachi, embassy spokesman Nadeem Haider Kiani said he was unaware of that arrest. He said it's too soon to tell exactly what motivated the bomber.

Asked whether there were ties to foreign terror groups, Kiani said early indications suggest the bomber was "a disturbed individual."

In a statement released by the embassy, Ambassador Husain Haqqani said most Pakistani Americans share a hope for a terror-free world.


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