Al-Qaeda not behind NY car bomb: mayor

Posted on May 3rd, 2010 Admin

Sebastian Smith – Sun May 2, 9:49 pm ET

NEW YORK (AFP) – Authorities in New York said Sunday that Al-Qaeda was not behind an attempted car bombing of Times Square and that police had several strong leads, including camera footage of a suspicious man leaving the scene.

President Barack Obama vowed to track down the perpetrators as security forces began scrutinizing evidence from a Nissan Pathfinder SUV abandoned late Saturday in the theatre district with a large, spluttering homemade bomb inside.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that the initial suspects in the minds of many were not to blame.

“There is no evidence that this is tied in with Al-Qaeda or any other big terrorist organization,” Bloomberg said.

Earlier, city police chief Raymond Kelly dismissed a claim of responsibility made over the Internet by the Pakistani group Tehreek-e-Taliban.

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