Pakistani-American Arrested In Car Bomb Attempt

An American citizen of Pakistani descent is in custody in the failed terror attack on Times Square. Attorney General Eric Holder read a statement early Tuesday saying Faisal Shahzad was taken into custody at John F. Kennedy International Airport while trying to leave the country on a flight to Dubai.

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Heres a story we're following throughout this morning. Federal authorities say they caught a man accused of driving a car loaded with explosives into New York City's Times Square. Faisal Shahzad was arrested around midnight. He was at New York's Kennedy Airport. He was about to board a flight for Dubai. Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement early this morning but revealed only a few details.

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER (U.S. Justice Department): Because of the fast-moving nature of this investigation, I am not able to make any further information public at this time. ´┐ŻBut the American people should know that we are deploying every resource available, and we will not rest until we have brought everyone responsible to justice.

INSKEEP: Authorities have said one thing: The suspect, Faisal Shahzad, is an American citizen of Pakistani origin. Authorities are promising more information as this day goes on.

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