UPDATE 1-"No evidence" of Taliban's NY bomb claim - police

NEW YORK Sun May 2, 2010 4:07pm EDT

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NEW YORK May 2 (Reuters) - New York police have "no evidence" to support a claim of responsibility by the Pakistani Taliban for a failed car bomb attempt in Times Square, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said on Sunday.

Kelly said a white man in his 40s had been identified on video footage of the area and was seen removing a dark shirt to reveal a red shirt about half a block from the vehicle.

When asked if the Viacom Inc VIAb.N office in Times Square was a target in any way, Kelly said "We can't rule anything out at this time."

"We certainly wouldn't rule it out," he later said when asked if an episode of the satirical animated TV show "South Park" which had depicted a controversial image of the Prophet Mohammed had prompted the Times Square bomb attempt. "South Park" is shown on the Comedy Central network owned by Viacom. (Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by John O'Callaghan)

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