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Investigators seek money courier in Times Square bomb plot

NEW YORK — Investigators of the failed car bombing in Times Square are looking for a money courier they say helped funnel cash from overseas to finance a Pakistani-American's preparations to blow up the crude gasoline-and-propane bomb in New York's Times Square, the Associated Press reported Friday.

The news agency said it learned from a law enforcement official that investigators have the name of the courier they believe helped Faisal Shahzad pay for the used SUV and other materials to rig the car bomb.

Shahzad, 30, who remains in custody on terrorism and weapons charges, lived alone in a Bridgeport, Conn., apartment and had no apparent job since February. He is seen on video buying boxes of fireworks from a Pennsylvania store, and authorities say he bought a rifle in Connecticut over the past three months with no apparent source of income.

He paid for the used SUV with 13 $100 bills, authorities say, then tried to blow up the vehicle in Times Square on May 1.

Officials are investigating whether Shahzad got money from militant groups, including the Pakistani Taliban, which originally claimed responsibility for the bombing attempt then backed off that claim.

The AP said the official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

Vendors, officers honored at Citi Field

Duane Jackson and Lance Orton Jr., the street vendors whose tip led police to discover a car bomb in Times Square on May 1, were given a standing ovation Friday at Citi Field before the New York Mets played San Francisco. Frank Formato and Paul Casquarelli, two of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers who helped arrest suspect Faisal Shahzad, stood alongside the vendors behind home plate before the first pitch and were applauded by the crowd. The vendors posed with Mets manager Jerry Manuel.

Investigators seek money courier in Times Square bomb plot 05/07/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 11:32pm]
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