Taliban Claims NYC Attack

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

NEW YORK (AP) - There's a claim of responsibility for the attempted car bombing Saturday in New York City.

A minute-long video allegedly released by the Pakistani Taliban says the Times Square attack was planned as revenge for the death of the group's leader and the recent killings of the top leaders of al-Qaida in

The SUV packed with propane and other materials failed to explode. New York City officials call the device "amateurish," but say it was powerful and could have been "very deadly."

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says authorities are treating the incident as a potential terrorist attack.

She said it's too soon to tell who's responsible, but investigators are recovering evidence, including fingerprints from the vehicle and video from surveillance cameras in the area.

Thousands were cleared from the streets after two street vendors alerted police to a suspicious vehicle. One of those vendors says "we dodged a bullet" when the bomb failed to explode.

The vendor says he had just alerted a mounted police officer to the SUV when "smoke started coming out," followed by a popping sound like firecrackers. He says "that's when everybody scattered."

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