NYPD: No evidence of a Taliban link to SUV bomb

There was no evidence of a Taliban  link to a failed bomb found in a smoking SUV parked in Times Square, and police were on their way to Pennsylvania  to talk to a man who said he may have recorded a bombing suspect in a nearby alley, the police commissioner said Sunday.

The SUV contained three propane tanks, fireworks, two filled 5-gallon gasoline containers and two clocks with batteries, electrical wire and other components, police said. Timers were connected to a 16-ounce can filled with fireworks that were apparently intended to set the gas cans afire, then ignite the three barbecue-grill-sized propane tanks.

Kelly said it was “the intent of whoever did this to cause mayhem, create casualties.”Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the explosive device “amateurish” but potentially deadly, noting: “We are very lucky.”Earlier a group that monitors militant websites had said the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.


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