Pakistanis admit role in N.Y. plot, official says

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two men detained in Pakistan for alleged links to the attempted Times Square bombing have admitted playing a role in the botched attack and are unrepentant, with one angrily accusing interrogators of siding with the enemy, a senior intelligence official told the Associated Press on Saturday.

The pair are among six men officials say have been detained in Pakistan for alleged ties to Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-American arrested in the United States two days after the failed May 1 attack in New York. Like Shahzad, the detainees are all members of their country's urban elite, including several who were educated in the United States.

Details about the six were released late Friday, though officials have not said when they were detained. Five were picked up in the capital, Islamabad, and one is co-owner of a posh catering company that the U.S. Embassy said was suspected of ties to terrorist groups.

The intelligence official, part of the team questioning the men, cited the two suspects as saying they did not do anything wrong and proudly describing Shahzad as their friend. The official, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation, said one suspect had accused his interrogators of siding with the enemy.

One of the suspects, identified as Shoaib Mughal, is alleged to be a go-between for Shahzad and Pakistani Taliban in their hide-outs close the Afghan border, said the intelligence official.

Another suspect, identified only by his first name Shahid, is alleged to have helped arrange money for Shahzad. He has an MBA from the United States and apparently knew Shahzad.

Pakistanis admit role in N.Y. plot, official says 05/22/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 22, 2010 11:42pm]

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