A Pakistani-American arrested for the New York car bomb plot will be charged with international terrorism and attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, US officials said Tuesday.

They added they also were pursuing leads on whether the suspect, Faisal Shahzad, had any ties to radical groups in the US or overseas.

Since he was dramatically pulled off a plane late Monday bound from New York to Dubai, Shahzad had “provided valuable intelligence and evidence” to investigators, said deputy FBI director John Pistole.

Shahzad, said to be in his 30s, had admitted his involvement in the Saturday’s botched car bombing in New York’s busy Times Square, said Attorney General Eric Holder.


Arrested suspect Faisal Shahzad has confessed to involvement in the foiled week end car bomb attack in New York, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

When asked if Shahzad had admitted being involved in Saturday’s night’s attempt to set off a crude device in the packed Times Square theater district, Holder said, “He has, he has done that.”