New York: New York are looking into a possible link between the Times Square bombing attempt and a South Park cartoon lampooning censorship about Prophet Mohammed.
Though no link has been established as yet, but a New York Islamist Web site made the threats against the Comedy Central animators last month and police are aggressively looking for connections, sources told the New York Daily News.
Last month, RevolutionMuslim.com posted a graphic photo of Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker murdered in 2004 for making documentary on violence against Muslim women.
It warned animators Trey Parker and Matt Stone - who had just shown Mohammed hidden in a bear suit - that "they will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh for airing this show”.
The dark-coloured Nissan SUV, its engine running and hazard lights flashing, was parked on W 45th St right next to the Broadway headquarters of Viacom, which owns Comedy Central.
The Pathfinder was packed with propane, gasoline and fireworks and a rudimentary fuse had already been ignited.
A vendor saved the day when he saw smoke curling from the car at about 6:30 pm and alerted Officer Wayne Rhatigan.
The materials were primitive, but if the SUV had blown, officials said the inferno would have eclipsed the blazing lights of the Crossroads of the World.
First Published: Monday, May 03, 2010, 16:25