Lahore: Pakistan authorities have detained
seven men from different parts of the country for their
alleged links with Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, arrested
following a botched car bombing in New York City.
A top police official in Punjab province told a news agency that
at least seven suspects had been taken into custody in Lahore,
Rawalpindi, Faisalabad and Karachi and shifted to an
undisclosed location for interrogation.
He did not confirm whether the detained suspects had
links to the Taliban or al-Qaeda.
"I can only confirm the detentions at the moment. The
intelligence agencies are in contact with US authorities about
this matter," the officer said.
Shahzad, a resident of Connecticut man and a
naturalised US citizen, is the son of a retired Air Vice
Marshal of the Pakistan Air Force. His parents live in
Peshawar while his ancestral home is in the Pubbi area of
The 30-year-old had recently returned from a
five-month stay in Pakistan, sparking speculation that he
might have been in contact with militant groups.v
The complaint filed against Shahzad by US authorities
states that he received bomb-making training in the volatile
Waziristan tribal region.
Shahzad who is believed to have a home in the US in
foreclosure is reportedly talking to investigators and has
implicated himself in the plot, telling police that he "acted
"He was not known to the US intelligence community
before the failed bombing attempt (on) Saturday night and
there was no derogatory information about him in
terrorism-related government databases," a US official said.
Shahzad was arrested at John F Kennedy International
Airport on Tuesday as he was about to travel to Dubai. v