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Video of Times Square bomb suspect broadcast

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-07-14

A video showing suspected Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad vowing "revenge for all the mujahadeen and oppressed Muslims" and describing his plans to attack the United States was broadcast on the Al-Arabiya television channel on Wednesday.

 AFP - The man arrested for plotting a car bombing in New York's Times Square appeared in a video on Al-Arabiya television on Wednesday in which he said he planned to attack the United States.

"This attack on the United States will be a revenge for all the mujahedeen (holy warriors) ... and oppressed Muslims, including ... Abu Musab al-Zarqawi," the late leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, said Faisal Shahzad in the tape.
  
The recording, whose authenticity could not immediately be confirmed, was made in English and had an Arabic voiceover.
  
"I will carry this attack on their behalf, and I hope that it will please Muslims," the Pakistani-American Shahzad said in the first video linking him to the abortive May 1 bomb plot and Al-Qaeda.
  
"With jihad (holy war), the basis of Islam can be enforced and the word of Allah and his religion will prevail," he said.
  
"Abandoning jihad destroys the religion and puts Muslims in an insulting position as they get robbed of land and authority," he added.
  
Shahzad, 30, who was charged with international terrorism, allegedly drove a Nissan sports utility vehicle crammed with a large but malfunctioning bomb into Manhattan's busiest neighbourhood, as thousands flocked to theatres and other tourist attractions.
  
He was arrested just before his flight left Atlanta, Georgia airport and 53 hours after police found the homemade bomb smouldering in the SUV parked outside a theatre staging "The Lion King" musical.
  
The notorious Zarqawi, who orchestrated a bloody campaign of attacks and beheadings, was killed north of Baghdad in a US air strike in 2006 after long eluding capture as Iraq's most-wanted fugitive.

Date created : 2010-07-14

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