The United States has thus far managed to avoid attacks like these which plague middle eastern countries. Could this be a sign that terrorists are ramping up the Jihad with the United States? Only time will tell.
The following story is from MSNBC:
NEW YORK - There is no evidence to support a claim by the Pakistani Taliban that it was responsible for a failed car bomb attack Saturday night in New York's Times Square, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Sunday afternoon.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that authorities were recovering evidence from the car bomb. Police officials were traveling to Pennsylvania to check out a claim by a tourist to have captured images of a suspect.
Police found the "amateurish" but potentially powerful bomb in a smoking sport utility vehicle in the busy theater district Saturday night, then cleared the streets of thousands of tourists so they could dismantle it.
The vehicle was removed and most of Times Square was reopened Sunday morning, NBC reported.
Officials were treating the incident as a potential terrorist attack, Napolitano said, though it was too soon to tell who is responsible. She added that investigators had no suspects but that they had recovered forensic evidence, including fingerprints, from the vehicle.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the failed attack. In a one-minute video allegedly released by the Pakistani Taliban, the group said the attack is revenge for the death of its leader Baitullah Mehsud and the recent killings of the top leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq.
The video was uncovered Sunday by the U.S.-based SITE intelligence Group, which monitors militant websites.
"We avoided what we could have been a very deadly event," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a press conference earlier Sunday. "It certainly could have exploded and had a pretty big fire and a decent amount of explosive impact."
The mayor commended the actions of a T-shirt vendor — a Vietnam veteran, he said — who alerted a mounted policeman to an "unoccupied suspicious vehicle." The policeman observed that the SUV had smoke emerging from vents near the back seat and smelled of gunpowder.
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