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Pakistani Taliban claim failed New York bomb attack

Crime scene investigators examine a Nissan Pathfinder sport utility vehicle that was packed with bomb materials in New York's Times Square, May 1, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attempted car bomb attack in New York’s Times Square, a statement on an Islamist website said on Sunday.

The statement said it was to avenge the killing of two Islamists and “Muslim martyrs”.

“The Pakistani Taliban announced its responsibility for the New York attack in revenge for the two leaders al-Baghdadi and al-Muhajir and Muslim martyrs,” said the statement on a website commonly used by Islamists.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the claim.

Al Qaeda’s Iraq leader Abu Ayyub al-Masri -- also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir -- and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the purported head of its local affiliate, the Islamic State of Iraq, were killed last month.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said the two were found dead in a hole in the ground inside a house after it was surrounded and stormed by troops.

A car bomb was defused in New York’s Times Square on Saturday evening. U.S. police found it in a sport utility vehicle when the area was packed with tourists and theatre-goers.