Pakistan Holds Gov't Worker in Times Square Bomb Plot

Thursday, Sep 30, 2010  |  Updated 10:56 AM EDT
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Pakistan Holds Gov't Worker in Times Square Bomb Plot

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Police cruisers stand by at the scene where a crude car bomb had been parked at 45th Street and 7th Avenue in Times Square May 2 in New York City.

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A Pakistani intelligence officer says an employee at the country's state-run Islamic advisory body has been detained for allegedly playing an important role in the failed Times Square car bombing in New York City.

The officer said Thursday the suspect accompanied the Pakistan-American bomber to Pakistan's northwest to meet militant leaders.

He identified the suspect as Faisal Abbasi, who works for the government's Council of Islamic Ideology.

The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because the intelligence agency does not permit its operatives to be named in the media.

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