Times Sq. bomber filmed jihad video

Man vowed to avenge deaths of Muslims killed by US forces.

July 14, 2010 22:56
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Crowd of onlookers at evacuated Times Square

Times Sq 311. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The man who confessed to the attempted Times Square car bombing in New York appeared in a video before the attack vowing to attack the US to avenge the deaths of Muslims killed by US forces, Dubai-based TV station Al-Arabiya reported Wednesday.

Al-Arabiya broadcast excerpts Wednesday of a 40-minute video featuring Faisal Shahzad that it said was released by the Pakistani Taliban. The station did not say how it got hold of the video.

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In excerpts aired on Al-Arabiya, Shahzad is sitting on the ground in a black turban and military fatigues, with a gun next to him as he recites verses from the Quran.

He says he will carry out a "revenge attack" against the US to avenge the deaths of Muslims killed in Afghanistan and Pakistan by the US, and that he hopes his actions will touch the hearts of Muslims.

Al-Arabiya said the full tape shows Shahzad meeting with a prominent Pakistani Taliban figure, Faqir Mohammed, the deputy leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, along the Afghan border.

Shahzad was arrested days after the failed May 1 bombing in Times Square.

He pleaded guilty in June to carrying out the attack, and admitted to attempting to establish contact with the Taliban while on a trip to Pakistan. He also told the New York court that he considers himself "a Muslim soldier."

He said he sought and received five days' training in explosives before returning to the United States in February to carry out the bomb plot with funding from the militant group.

The indictment said he received $5,000 in cash on Feb. 25 from an unnamed co-conspirator in Pakistan and $7,000 more on April 10, sent at the co-conspirator's direction.

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