Tuesday, May 4

Suspect "Shahzad Faisal" In Failed NY Times Square Car Bombing Charge With Terrorism

According to the media reports, a New York-based U.S. federal court on Tuesday charged the suspect in the failed car bombing in New York's Times Square with terrorism and mass destruction.

The failed bomber "Faisal Shahzad" who is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan is charge, were included in a criminal complaint filed in the federal court in Manhattan.

Faisal Shahzad was arrested last Monday night when he was attempting to leave the country on a flight.

In the complaint, the suspect "Faisal Shahzad" confessed to buying an SUV, rigging it with a homemade bomb and driving it Saturday night into Times Square, where he tried to detonate it. He (Faidal Shahzad) also admitted to receiving bomb-making training in Waziristan, Pakistan.

From a website, Faisal Shahzad is a naturalized U.S. citizen, born in either Karachi or Kashmir, Pakistan. He has a Karachi identification card, a document which reflects Pakistani residency, and his family is from northwestern Pakistan, according to Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

In December 1998 he was granted a U.S. F-1 student visa at age 19. He studied at Southeastern University in Washington, D.C., and then transferred in 2000 to the University of Bridgeport, where he received a B.A. in computer science and engineering. In April 2002 he was granted an H1-B visa for skilled workers. He remained in the U.S. for three years on that visa, earning an M.B.A at the University of Bridgeport in the summer of 2005. He was granted a green card in January 2006.

He worked for about three years, up until June 2009 when he quit, as a junior financial analyst in the Norwalk, Connecticut office of the Affinion Group, a marketing and consulting company.

Shahzad lived in Shelton, Connecticut, just outside Bridgeport for about three years until he defaulted on a $218,400 mortgage, was sued by the bank in September 2009, and the bank foreclosed on his home. On October 20, 2008, he reported his marriage to Huma Asif Mian, an American citizen. He became a U.S. citizen on April 17, 2009. Shahzad moved out around May 2009, with his wife following about a month later. A neighbor said that he and his wife spoke limited English, and had two young children, a girl and a boy.
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