Update on the New York City Times Square Terrorist Bombing Suspect

By: Wallin & Klarich

On May 1, 2010, the country was tense as it was revealed that a SUV filled with explosives was driven into the heart of New York’s Times Square. The act of terrorism could have endangered the lives of hundreds of people. Fortunately, the explosives failed to detonate. 53 hours later, the FBI arrested the suspected perpetrator, Faisal Shahzad, an American citizen from Pakistan, moments before his flight bound for the United Arab Emirates (with the ultimate destination being Pakistan) was set to take off. Charges have yet to be filed because the investigation is still ongoing.

Shahzal arrived in the United States in 1997 under a student visa, where he eventually earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Bridgeport, located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He then worked as an accountant and financial analyst for companies around Connecticut. In 2008, he married Huma Asif Mian, an American citizen, and in 2009, he was granted American citizenship. Before the attack, he had undergone financial hardship, with his home going into foreclosure. In July 2009, he and his family moved to Pakistan, where he was believed to have taken part in a terrorist training camp. He returned to the United States in February 2010 and carried out his terror plot two months later.

This was a case of domestic terrorism. Because he is an American citizen, Shahzad will face federal charges under the traditional American court system. With the investigation still underway and Shahzad cooperating with investigators, charges have yet to be filed.

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