Two Years after Faisal Shahzad and the Foiled 2010 Times Square Bomb

Forensic Team Inspecting Failed Car Bomb

“This attack on the United States will also be a revenge attack for all the mujahideen…”, announced Faizal Shahzad in a taped declaration which was broadcast and then uploaded to YouTube by Al Arabiya in July 2010. Shahzad’s plan to set off a car bomb in New York City two years ago on May 1, 2010 was foiled when the explosive device failed to detonate and street vendors alerted police to the smoking SUV. Two days later, authorities arrested Shahzad as he prepared to board a flight to Dubai. The arrest was a testament to the investigative skills of the New York Police Department and the FBI-led, Joint Terrorism Task Force which assumed authority on May 3rd. Agents were able to follow a series of clues which included a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), a pre-paid cell phone and closed circuit television (CCTV) images from toll plazas. Shahzad certainly made a number of errors as well which bear similarities to the 1993 World Trade Center , 1995 Oklahoma City , 2002 Bali and 2009 Jakarta hotel bombings. All involved a combination of detective work and forensic chemistry on the part of authorities in tracing the bombs back to the perpetrators. Unlike the four examples cited here, Shahzad joined a growing list of foiled terrorist plotters. See also: 40 Terror Plots Foiled Since 9/11: Combating Complacency in the Long War on Terror from 2011, Background Report: Terrorist Attacks in New York City and Terrorist Trial Report Card: September 11, 2001-September 11, 2010 .

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