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Shahzad linked to South Waziristan

May 27, 2010 at 2:54 PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 27 (UPI) -- Pakistan's interior minister released details of an investigation into the failed Times Square bombing and said the suspect had ties to South Waziristan.

Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad, arrested by authorities in the United States for allegedly attempting to set off a car bomb in Times Square in New York, has been revealed to have links to South Waziristan, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Wednesday.

"Faisal Shahzad had links in South Waziristan and his accounts are in focus for investigation," the Dawn Media Group reported Malik said.

Malik's announcement comes as the Los Angeles Times said that James Jones, White House national security adviser, and CIA Director Leon Panetta, during a recent trip to Pakistan, gave authorities there information suggesting Shahzad received funding from the Pakistani Taliban and training by the group in Waziristan.

Malik said the investigation of Shahzad is ongoing. The Times report said Pakistani authorities have detained two individuals suspected of escorting Shahzad to Waziristan for training.

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