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Times Square bomb plot: Massachusetts man had suspect's phone number

Federal prosecutors said a Massachusetts man arrested last week on immigration charges had the phone number of the Times Square bombing suspect.

By Denise LavoieAssociated Press / May 20, 2010

In this Thursday, May 13, 2010 still image from video, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers take a man into custody outside a home searched by FBI agents in Watertown, Mass. The man, later identified as Aftab Ali Khan, is scheduled for a bail hearing in U.S. Immigration Court in Boston, Thursday, May 20, 2010.

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A government attorney says a Pakistani man arrested in Massachusetts during the investigation into the failed Times Square bomb plot had the primary suspect's phone number.

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Richard Neville, deputy chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told a judge in Boston that Aftab Khan had in his belongings an envelope with Faisal Shahzad's (FY'-sul shah-ZAHD') first name on it. He says the envelope also had a phone number that investigators have concluded is Shahzad's.

Neville says Khan also had a cell phone containing Shahzad's phone number and first name. He said the items were found in Khan's Watertown, Mass., apartment.

Neville also said at Thursday's immigration hearing that Khan had moved his June 6 flight to Pakistan to May 13, the day he was arrested.