Times Square bomber probe: Did Faisal Shahzad act alone?
That is the next question investigators will be asking now that Faisal Shahzad has been charged in the Times Square bomber plot. Reports suggest arrests in Pakistan have already been made.
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“You want to look at possible movement of currency to him via his bank statements,” says Mr. King. “His finances would have to be looked at every step.”
For example, MSNBC is reporting Shahzad’s house in Shelton, Conn., is in foreclosure. However, he allegedly paid $1,300 in cash for the vehicle that was left in Times Square, which carried a bomb that failed to explode. “Where did he get the money?” asks King.
Who was sitting next to him on flights?
King says the federal authorities will also be looking closely to see if any other travelers have listed Shahzad’s house as their destination on incoming immigration forms. In addition, he expects security officials to look at the list of passengers of every flight Shahzad has flown to and from Pakistan.
“You want to see who was sitting next to him,” says King. “It may be a guy from California who has no relationship to him, just purely coincidental,” he says. “But should we look at him, absolutely.”
There are also reports that the police found a pistol in Shahzad’s car parked at JFK airport. King says that also raises more questions. “He’s a US citizen, so he can legally own a weapon, but where did he get it?” he asks. “I would also go back to that gun shop and look to see who bought weapons the week before the week after,” he adds.
Even as the authorities raced to get more information on Shahzad, there were questions about how close he came to leaving New York. According to Bloomberg, Shahzad was already on an Emirates Air flight to Dubai that had pulled away from the gate at John F. Kennedy Airport on Monday night before being called back to the gate.
“Clearly the guy was on the plane and he shouldn’t have been,” said Bloomberg.
But Holder said Tuesday that he was tracking Shahzad throughout the day Monday and was never worried about losing him, though he declined to elaborate on why Shahzad was allowed on the plane.
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