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NYC Bomb Suspect “Homegrown:” NYPD



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    In this photo from the social networking site, a man who was identified by neighbors in Connecticut as Faisal Shahzad, is shown. Shahzad was arrested at a New York airport on charges that he drove a bomb-laden SUV meant to cause a fireball in Times Square, federal authorities said. Shahzad, was taken into custody late Monday by FBI agents and New York Police Department detectives at Kennedy Airport while trying to board a flight to Dubai, according to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials. (AP Photo/ NO SALES

    Faisal Shahzad, the Bridgeport man accused of building the failed car bomb found in Times Square, fits the profile of a "homegrown" terrorist, New York police say.

    NYPD officials said Tuesday that Shahzad was among a recent wave of suspects who have roots in middle-class America, but become radicalized by traveling to overseas terrorist hotbeds.

    The 30-year-old Shahzad is accused of driving a bomb-laden SUV into Times Square on May 1, causing a panic and clearing streets of thousands of tourists.

    The Pakistani-American was arrested two days later.

    Prosecutors say Shahzad claimed he received bomb-making training during a recent trip to Pakistan.

    New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters after a briefing for private security executives that Shahzad is cooperating in the investigation.