NEW YORK (AP) - An American citizen of Pakistani descent is in custody in the failed terror attack on Times Square.
Attorney General Eric Holder read a statement early Tuesday saying Faisal Shahzad was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport while trying to leave the country on a flight to Dubai.
Holder says the intent of the car bomb was "to kill Americans" and urged citizens to remain vigilant.
Law enforcement officials say the suspect recently returned from a trip to Pakistan and bought the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder used in the failed car bomb three weeks ago and paid cash.
The SUV was rigged with a crude propane-and-gasoline bomb. It had cheap-looking alarm clocks connected to a 16-ounce can filled with fireworks.