Saturday 17 March 2018

No remorse from Times Square bomber

Tom Leonard in New York

A Pakistan-born American has pleaded guilty "100 times over" to trying to detonate a car bomb near Times Square, warning of further attacks unless the US leaves Muslim countries alone.

Faisal Shahzad showed no remorse as he admitted 10 terrorism and weapons charges in a New York court.

Calling himself a "Muslim soldier", he said: "I am part of the answer to the US terrorising the Muslim nations and the Muslim people."

Shahzad (30) said: "I'm going to plead guilty 100 times over."

Citing American operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and drone strikes in Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan, he said "we will be attacking the US until it pulls out of these countries."

Shahzad, a financial analyst and father of two who was educated in the US from the age of 18, described parking a car packed with home-made explosives near Times Square on May 1, choosing a Saturday so the streets would be crowded.

US District Judge Miriam Cedarbaum asked if he had considered that his bomb would hit children. He said US drones were "killing all Muslims".

Shahzad is due to be sentenced on October 5. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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