Times Square bomber says botched bid was retaliation for US drone strikes on Taliban

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New York, May 5 (ANI): The Connecticut man charged yesterday with the botched Times Square car bombing has confessed to trying to slaughter innocent people in retaliation for US drone attacks that wiped out the leadership of his beloved Taliban, The New York Post has learned.

Suspect Faisal Shahzad said he was driven to evil by the slew of deaths among leaders of the terror group, law-enforcement sources revealed yesterday.

The sources said he was an eyewitness to the onslaught throughout the eight months he spent in Pakistan beginning last summer.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the Times Square bombing attempt immediately after it occurred, saying it was in response to the drone killing of one of its leaders in August -- but that claim had been roundly discounted by US authorities at the time.

Shahzad's motive came to light as he admitted leaving a smoldering makeshift bomb containing propane tanks, gasoline canisters, fertilizer and fireworks in a Nissan Pathfinder at West 45th Street and Broadway Saturday evening.

The married father of two young children was slapped with a slew of charges, including acts of terrorism, attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and transporting and using explosives. (ANI)

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