By Daniel Trotta
NEW YORK May 4 The Pakistani-American suspect
arrested on suspicion of trying to detonate a car bomb in New
York's Times Square told investigators he acted alone and
denied any ties to radical groups in his native Pakistan, a
U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the investigation
said on Tuesday.
"He's admitted to buying the truck, putting the devices
together, putting them in the truck, leaving the truck there
and leaving the scene," the source told Reuters, speaking on
condition of anonymity.
"He's claimed to have acted alone. He did admit to all the
charges, so to speak," the source said, adding that
investigators were still looking into his activities during a
recent trip to Pakistan.
Faisal Shahzad, 30, was arrested late on Monday on
suspicion he bought the sport utility vehicle used to carry a
crude bomb made of fuel and fireworks into Times Square last
Saturday evening. Had the bomb detonated, many people could
have died, officials said.
Shahzad, who received U.S. citizenship last year, was
arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy airport while trying to
fly to Dubai, officials said.
Shahzad recently visited Pakistan for about five months,
returning to the United States in February, the source said.
"Based on our collective experience it's hard to really
believe that this is something someone would do on their own.
It seems hard to pull off alone. There's a lot we don't know
yet," the source said.
Shahzad was due to appear before a U.S. judge later on
(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Frances Kerry)