6 May 2010

Times Square car bomb suspect charged

5:18 am on 6 May 2010

A Pakistani-American accused of planting a car bomb in Times Square in New York has been charged with terrorism.

Faisal Shahzad was arrested at New York's John F Kennedy International Airport on Monday as he tried to board a flight to Dubai.

The 30-year-old has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction to kill people.

He also faces charges of attempting to kill people through international terrorism, carrying a destructive device, and transporting explosives.

According to a criminal complaint filed in a US District Court in New York, the accused has admitted he tried to detonate a bomb in Times Square on Saturday night.

US prosecutors said the 30-year-old had admitted receiving bomb-making training in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, authorities in Pakistan have arrested several relatives and a friend of the Pakistani-American, a security official in Karachi says.