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Times Square Terror Suspect Indicted

Faisal Shahzad is facing 10 terror-related counts

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    This undated booking mug released by the U.S. Marshal's Service shows Faisal Shahzad. The man accused of plotting a car bombing in New York's Times Square made his first appearance Tuesday, May 18, 2010, in a Manhattan courtroom where he was told by a magistrate judge that he had the right to remain silent. Authorities say Faisal Shahzad's willingness to talk kept him out of court for two weeks, speeding up the progress of an investigation into his May 1 plot to set off a homemade car bomb. The hearing lasted only 10 minutes. Shahzad, 30, a Pakistan-born U.S. citizen, confirmed with a "yes" that his financial affidavit was accurate, permitting him to be appointed an assistant public defender, Julia Gatto, who declined to comment afterward. (U.S. Marshals Service)

     Times Square bomb suspect Faisal Shahzad was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York Thursday on terrorism charges. 

    Shahzad, 30, of Bridgeport, was originally charged with five counts in connection with his alleged car bomb plot to kill Americans back on May 3.  He is now facing 10 terror-realted counts including a new weapons charge.  

    Officials have said Shahzad has confessed and detailed his alleged role. In addition to the terror counts, prosecutors added  new weapons charges against Shahzad.  The night he was arrested, a semi-automatic weapon he allegedly bought in Connecticut was left behind in a second vehicle. 
    Investigators have said it appears Shahzad acted alone inside the United States although it is believed he received some terror training and support from extremists linked to the Pakistan Taliban.

    Shahzad is expected to be arraigned on June 21.

    “The facts alleged in this indictment show that the Pakistani Taliban facilitated Faisal Shahzad’s attempted attack on American soil,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a news release.  “Our nation averted serious loss of life in this attempted bombing, but it is a reminder that we face an evolving threat that we must continue to fight with every tool available to the government.”

    Shahzad was charged with attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, possession of a firearm during and in relation to a conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, attempted use of a destructive device during and in relation to a conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries, transportation of an explosive, conspiracy to transport an explosive, attempted destruction of property by fire and explosive, conspiracy to destroy property by fire and explosive.