Investigators Searching New York Car Bombers, Focus on Man Found in Videos
Hunting for suspects in a failed car bombing in New York’s Times Square, investigators are combing through security videos and other evidence and have expressed hope that culprits will be found, reported Reuters.
Raymond Kelly, New York Police Commissioner, said that security video footage showed a white man in his 40s about half a block from where the vehicle was left on Saturday evening with its engine running and hazard lights flashing, report said.
In the video footage released by police that runs some 19 seconds, the thin man is seen taking off a dark shirt, stuffing it into some sort of bag and walking away down the sidewalk, carrying the bag and glancing at least twice over his shoulder, said report.
In the meanwhile, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that they had no proof of any link to al-Qaida or any other militant organization in the failed bomb strike which forced the evacuation of the teeming entertainment and shopping district, report said.
“It’s unfortunate that this happened. I’m confident that we will find out who did it,” Bloomberg was quoted as saying while talking to reporters outside a Times Square restaurant.
The Pakistani Taliban said that it planted the bomb to take revenge for the April killing of al-Qaida’s two top leaders in Iraq, said report.
Kelly, however, said that they had ‘no evidence’ that supported this claim, report said.
Investigators were poring over surveillance camera footage and a device made of propane, gasoline and fireworks after officers found the bomb in the vehicle as Times Square in Midtown Manhattan was packed with tourists and theater-goers.