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Times Square bomb plot suspect, Faisal Shahzad, says he acted alone; traced by cell from SUV sale

Alison Gendar, James Gordon Meek, Rocco Parascandola, Corky Siemaszko and Stephanie Gaskell
New York Daily News [1]
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Connecticut man accused of plotting to blow up Times Square told investigators he is not connected to a larger terrorist organization, authorities said Tuesday.

“He’s claimed to have acted alone, but these are things that have to be investigated,” a law enforcement official told the Associated Press.

Officials said a disposable cell phone led to the arrest of 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad.



Law enforcement officials were able to track down Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, by recovering his number from the cell phone of the woman who sold him a Pathfinder SUV just weeks before Saturday night’s failed bomb attempt.

“They were able to basically get one phone number and by running it through a number of databases, figure out who they thought the guy was,” a senior FBI official told Politico.com.

Full story here. [1]