US, Pakistan Report More Arrests in Times Square Plot

US Detainees Arrested on 'Immigration Violations'

US officials announced today the arrests of three Pakistanis, two in the Boston area and one in Maine, arrests which Attorney General Eric Holder linked to the failed Times Square bombing attack earlier this month.

The exact link was unclear, as though there were reports they may have provided funding for the attempt officials were detaining them only on immigration violations and had not charged them with any actual crimes yet.

Officials were quick to concede that though they believed the men may have been involved in financial transactions with the suspect, Faisal Shahzad, they were not sure if the men were accomplices in any way.

Perhaps a more promising lead was an arrest today in Pakistan of a man which has reportedly claimed he helped Shahad with the plot. US officials are claiming that the man, whose name has yet to be released, is providing evidence tying the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to the plot. Pakistan is said to have arrested another man as well, though exactly what his connection was is unclear.

Author: Jason Ditz

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