(Reuters) - U.S. authorities accuse Faisal Shahzad of driving a car bomb into New York’s Times Square on Saturday with the intention of killing as many people as possible in one of the busiest places in the country.
Here are some facts about him:
* Shahzad was born in June 1979 in Pabbi, northwest of the Pakistani capital Islamabad. He recently visited Pakistan for about five months, returning to the United States in February, prosecutors said.
* Shahzad became a naturalized U.S. citizen last year, U.S. officials said.
* U.S. prosecutors said Shahzad admitted training in Waziristan in northwest Pakistan, a Taliban and al Qaeda stronghold. But an intelligence official in Pakistan said Shahzad received militant training in the nearby town of Kohat. The area around Kohat is a stronghold of Tariq Afridi, the main Pakistani Taliban commander in the region.
* Shahzad worked for about three years as a junior financial analyst in the Norwalk, Connecticut, office of the Affinion Group, a marketing and consulting business, the company said. He left the company in June 2009.
* JPMorgan Chase’s mortgage unit sued Shahzad in September last year to foreclose on his three bedroom home in Shelton, Connecticut, court documents and county records show.
* Shahzad is married with two children, sources said, and his wife and children are believed to be living in Pakistan.
Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by Anthony Boadle