After seeing that video sources had possibly identified the terror bomber in the failed NYC attempt this past weekend I had some hope that they might actually be able to nab the guy. Seems they did, and by a whisker:
A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen accused of trying to detonate a bomb-laden SUV in Times Square was minutes away from fleeing the U.S. when his Dubai-bound flight was returned to its gate at New York’s Kennedy Airport and U.S. officials escorted him from the plane.
The suspect, Faisal Shahzad, will appear in court Tuesday to face charges that he tried to set off a massive fireball and kill Americans after parking his car on a street lined with restaurants and Broadway theaters, federal authorities said.
There seems to be some contention about whether Shahzad was caught before boarding or whether the plane had to return to the gate but the end result is that they managed to get him. Of course, it’s still very early in the case and we need to make sure we’ve gotten the right guy.
The bomb was packed into an SUV that Shahzad apparently bought for cash from a Connecticut man. It consisted of a box of fireworks that was intended to light off gas cans which would then cook off propane tanks. There was also a metal container of fertilizer in there although there’s some doubt that the grade of fertilizer used would have been explosive enough to have done anything. Considering the SUV was parked near a theater and other tourist attractions, the intent to kill as many civilians as possible is clear. I’ll post more as more becomes known.