New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed that the SUV “did indeed contain an explosive device.” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the car contained three propane tanks, consumer-grade fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers, and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components. He says a black metal box resembling a gun locker was also recovered.
Today, May 2, a local New York television channel reports that a 911 caller says last night’s failed bomb attempt in Times Square was just a diversion for a massive explosion to come.
The day after the Times Square bomb, Fox News reports that a suspected device was fuond near the finish line of the Pittsburgh Marathon, which prompted a brief halt to the race while the device was rendered harmless. Police say the device was found in a small microwave oven on the sidewalk. The bomb squad used a robot to disable the device, which investigators now believe was not an actual explosive.
Bill Roggio of The Long War Journal reports that a top Pakistani Taliban commander took credit for yesterday’s failed car bomb attack in New York City. Qari Hussain Mehsud, the top bomb maker for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, said he takes “fully responsibility for the recent attack in the USA.” Qari Hussain made the claim on an audiotape accompanied by images that was released on a YouTube website that calls itself the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel.
US intelligence officials contacted by The Long War Journal believe the tape is legitimate. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel on YouTube was created on April 30. Officials believe it was created to announce the Times Square attack, and Qari Hussain’s statement was pre-recorded. YouTube has pulled the video and shut down the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan News Channel since this article was published.
Police currently do not have a suspect. The license plate is not registered to the Nissan, and the vehicle identification number has been removed. Police are also looking at video from surrounding stores to see if they can determine anything about the identity of the bomber.