ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani authorities have detained the co-owner of an upscale catering company in the capital and at least four other men in connection with the Times Square bomb plot, a Pakistani intelligence official said Friday.
The U.S. Embassy issued a warning to Americans in Pakistan about Hanif Rajput Catering Service, saying that "terrorist groups may have established links" to it. The unusual alert said the company was owned by a father and son, but it did not elaborate on its alleged ties to militants.
The Washington Post said it learned from a Pakistani intelligence source that the son, Salman Ashraf Khan, 35, was arrested about 10 days ago on suspicion of links to Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American accused of the attempted bombing in New York.
The Associated Press said it was told by a Pakistani intelligence officer that Khan was recruited because two other suspects wanted him to help bomb a gathering of foreigners whose event his company was catering.
Reached by telephone early today, Rana Ashraf Khan, Khan's father, told the Associated Press, "I am shocked at what I am hearing."
He said that his son disappeared on May 10 after leaving his home for work and that authorities had given him no information.