Times Square bombing is a reaction to US drone attacks: Qureshi

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Islamabad, May 5 (ANI): Pakistan Foreign Minister Mahkdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi believes the attempted Times Square bombing is a reaction to U.S. drones targeting Taliban followers along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

"This is a blow back. This is a reaction. This is retaliation. And you could expect that. Let's not be naive. They're not going to sort of sit and welcome you eliminate them. They're going to fight back," CBS News quoted Qureshi, as saying.

Qureshi was speaking as police in Pakistan police confirmed the arrest of two people, one of whom, Tauseef Ahmed, is believed to have travelled to the U.S. to meet Faisal Shahzad. Both were arrested in Karachi, Pakistan.

CBS News has also learned that Shahzad may have spent at least four months training at a terrorist camp - raided in early March by Pakistani forces.

Though Pakistan is a key ally to the U.S., the country is still seen as a fertile training ground for militants.

Faisal Shahzad comes from a wealthy and educated family. His father is a retired high-ranking Air Force officer. But the failed plot will no doubt put new pressure on Pakistan to crack down on insurgents within its borders. (ANI)

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