Faisal Shahzad, who was charged yesterday with five counts including trying to use a weapon of mass destruction, has admitted to receiving bomb-making training in a known Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold in Pakistan, prosecutors said.
He faces a life sentence if he is convicted.
“It is clear that this was a terrorist plot aimed at murdering Americans in one of the busiest places in our country,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said yesterday.
Court documents state he admitted his attempt to detonate a crude bomb fashioned from gasoline, propane and fireworks in Times Square on Saturday evening. He was due to be arraigned yesterday, but the event was put off reportedly because he is eagerly cooperating with authorities.
Shortly after his arrest he told federal agents he acted on his own. Pakistani police arrested several people yesterday, including members of his family.
“It seems hard to pull off alone. There’s a lot we don't know yet,” a law enforcement source told Reuters.