Sunday, May 9, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Obama administration officials said Sunday that authorities believe the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attempted bombing at Times Square.

John Brennan, President Obama’s homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, said that while the investigation is ongoing, “it looks like” accused bomber Faisal Shahzad was working for the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, or “TTP.” The militant group is believed to be hiding senior al Qaeda leaders, including Osama bin Laden.

Mr. Brennan said the finding “underscores the serious threat that we face from a very determined enemy.”

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said the Pakistani Taliban was “intimately involved” in the failed Times Square bombing and that the Taliban in Pakistan “directed this plot.”

A U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, Mr. Shahzad is accused of spending five months in Pakistan before returning to the United States in February and preparing his attack.

Mr. Holder said the Taliban also planned and perhaps financed the plot.

Mr. Brennan spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union”; Mr. Holder, on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

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