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New Evidence in Time Square Bomber Case

By: CBS
By: CBS

The man who confessed to planting a car bomb in Times Square last spring will be sentenced next week. As part of the case, the government has released two shocking new pieces of video.

It's a terrifying "what if..."

Prosecutors say, THAT'S what would have happened if the Times Square car bomb had gone off. Iit would have been devastating.

The government set off this explosion in a Pennsylvania field using the same type of explosives as the bomb that fizzled in Times Square last May.

A video of the government's test explosion was submitted into court Wednesday. It's part of the evidence the judge will consider, in deciding the sentence for 30-year-old Faisal Shahzad.

Shahzad was arrested two days after his botched bombing attempt . He confessed and pleaded guilty. Prosecutors say he showed no remorse.

In another video submitted to the court, Shahzad holds a machine gun and appears to be training with the Taliban in Pakistan. In the video, he said he intends to attack the United States, where he'd recently become a citizen.

"We have decided we are going to arrange an attack inside America," Shahzad said.

He also said the Taliban provided him with $15,000 and five days of explosives training.

Prosecutors say Shahzad picked his target by watching streaming video on the internet, looking for the area where he could hit the biggest crowd. They say he was also planning a second bombing if he was successful the first time.

Shahzad is expected to receive life in prison at his sentencing .

Shahzad pleaded guilty to 10 terrorism and weapons charges in June. Sentencing is scheduled for October 5.


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