New York, May 14 (ANI): Sources close to investigations concerning the botched Times Square bombing plot have revealed that Faisal Shahzad, the prime accused in the case, had received about 4000 dollars for his terror plot at a Long Island Dunkin' Donuts outlet.
According to sources, Shahzad drove all the way from Connecticut to the food joint situated near the Ronkonkoma Long Island Rail Road station, where he had a secret meeting with some men who handed over him the money.
However, who gave the money to Shahzad is still not clear, The Daily News reports.
Officials suspect that the three men detained in raids conducted in suburban Massachusetts, and Maine by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) late on Thursday were involved in the money transfer.
"There is at least a basis to believe that one of the things that they did was to provide him with funds," U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said after the arrests.
Sources also revealed that besides funding Shahzad, the men may have also provided him mobile phone.
There are indications that Shahzad may have received money for his terror plot, which officials believe cost about 7,000 dollars, through the "Hawala" system.
"Hawala", which is famous in South Asia, is an informal value transfer system in which money does not pass through the banking system, instead funds are transferred to an operator in one ountry, and corresponding funds, less any fees, are sent to recipients in another country. (ANI)