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Commissioner Kelly Calls Times Square Bomber "Homegrown"



    Commissioner Kelly Calls Times Square Bomber "Homegrown"
    New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

    New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says the suspected driver in a failed car bombing of Times Square fits the profile of a "homegrown" terrorist.

    NYPD officials said Tuesday that Faisal 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.

    Kelly told reporters after the briefing for private security executives that Shahzad is cooperating in the investigation.