Pakistani-born U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad has admitted trying to set off a car bomb in busy Times Square and will face terrorism and mass destruction charges, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.
Holder said in a press conference that Shahzad has been charged with an act of terrorism and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in the May 1 bomb plot.
Holder said Shahzad, who has provided “valuable information” to investigators, attempted to carry out a “lethal terrorist attack” aimed at “murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country.”
Deputy FBI director John Pistole said Shahzad was placed on the No Fly list just hours before he was arrested Monday — a key step in preventing him from fleeing the country on a flight to Dubai, he said.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Customs and Border Protection officials at the airport ordered that the flight be stopped before takeoff. Napolitano said they were able to arrest Shahzad on the plane and turned him over to the FBI — though she declined to say how he was able to board the flight if he was on the No Fly list.
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