, WASHINGTON, May 4 – A suspect in the attempted Times Square bomb attack in New York was arrested trying to board a plane for Dubai, US Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday.
Holder and the FBI identified the man as Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized US citizen born in Pakistan.
Holder offered few other details but said the investigation into the attempted attack late Saturday was being pursued on several fronts.
"This investigation is ongoing, as are our attempts to gather useful intelligence, and we continue to pursue a number of leads," he said. "But it\’s clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans."
The FBI said the suspect was to appear in Manhattan federal court on Tuesday.
News reports said the man was a 30-year-old Pakistani-American living in the state of Connecticut.
So far, the only group to claim responsibility for the would-be bombing is the Pakistani militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban.
When authorities recovered the SUV it was laden with three propane tanks, dozens of firecrackers, two tanks of gasoline and fertilizer, and parked at the corner or West 45th Street and Broadway, an area full of pedestrians.