US looking into links between Shahzad & Headley
Washington, May 8: Even though there is no 'specific connection' between the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks conspirator, David Coleman Headley, and the Times Square car bomber, Faisal Shahzad, US investigative officials are not ruling out the possibility.
"Well, it could be - there have been multiple plots that have involved the United States and Pakistan, citizens on both sides who have chosen to take these actions," a State department spokesperson said Friday, May 7.
"I'm not aware that there's any specific connection, but clearly, we are looking to see, while this individual was in Pakistan, who he met with, what support, if any, was provided," spokesperson Philip J Crowley told reporters when asked if there was any connection between the two cases.
He informed that United States was constantly in touch with Pakistan on the investigation. When asked if US was in touch with India over the Times Square bombing probe, Crowley said the India and US have a regular dialogue on counter-terrorism issues.
"I can't say at this point there's an Indian link to this case, but we do have dialogue with India on a regular basis on terrorism issues," he added.
Mr Crowley's statement comes after, ABC News, quoting unnamed sources, reported on Shahzad's links to another Pakistani militant outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad. Besides this, the news report also said he was a childhood friend of one of the alleged masterminds of the Nov 2008 Mumbai carnage. However, Headley was not named specifically.