Phone number links terror suspects

May 20, 2010 at 6:25 PM
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BOSTON, May 20 (UPI) -- Federal investigators say they found the failed Times Square bombing suspect's cellphone number in the apartment of two men arrested in Massachusetts last week.

A federal attorney said during a Thursday immigration hearing in Boston for Aftab Ali Khan, 27, that the phone number of Times Square suspect Faisal Shahzad and the word "Faisal" was discovered in the Watertown apartment Khan shared with Pir Khan, 43, who also was arrested.

Richard D. Neville, deputy chief counsel for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said Shahzad's number was found saved on a cellphone believed to belong to Aftab Ali Khan.

The two men were arrested in New England last week as part of the investigation into the attempted May 1 bombing. A third Pakistani, Mohammad Shafiq Rahman, was picked up in Maine.

Aftab Ali Khan appeared via video link for his immigration hearing. His visa expired six months ago and he now seeks to be allowed to leave the United States. The judge took the matter under advisement.

Framingham lawyer Saher Macarius, who represents both Khans, has said neither of them had anything to do with the bombing attempt or Shahzad. He said Aftab Khan "insisted he has no connection with that gentleman. He never talked with him and he's never seen him."

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