Pakistan Will Investigate Links Between Times Square Bomber and Militant Groups

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's interior minister says his country
will investigate alleged links between the man accused of trying to
detonate a car bomb in Times Square and militant groups operating
in the country's northwest.

Faisal Shahzad (FY'-sul shah-ZAHD') has told U.S. investigators
that he trained in the lawless tribal areas of Waziristan, where
both al-Qaida and the Pakistani Taliban operate. The
Pakistani-American spent five months in his native country before
returning to the United States in February.

The interior minister (Rehman Malik) says the U.S. has made a
formal request for an investigation stating that he met with the
head of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, and the group's
chief bomb maker.

The minister says Pakistani authorities needed to verify that
information. He also stressed that only Pakistani investigators
would be permitted to interview Shahzad's relatives and other
associates.

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