The FINANCIAL — NEW YORK. New York police do not confirm the involvement of a Pakistani Taliban group in Saturday's bombing attempt at Times Square, RIA Novosti reports.
On May 2 evening, a homemade explosive device was discovered in a car parked at the square. It was defused. On May 3 media cited an Islamist website as saying that a Pakistani Taliban organization claimed the responsibility for the bombing attempt.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said there was no evidence to back the claim, adding that the same Pakistani group had earlier falsely claimed responsibility for attacks in the United States.
The explosive device was made of ordinary items widely available in the United States.
Kelly also said the police have video of a suspect in the bombing attempt. The suspect is seen taking off a shirt and revealing another shirt under it.
Kelly also said that had the bomb detonated as planned, it "would have caused a significant fireball."