04 May

Events of Interest and Analyses


Man held over New York bomb attempt

US authorities said on Tuesday that an “aggressive” investigation into the incident was continuing [AFP]

US authorities have arrested a US citizen of Pakistani origin in connection with Saturday’s attempted car bombing in New York City’s Times Square.

The department of justice said in the early hours of Tuesday that the suspect, identified as Faisal Shahzad, was arrested trying to board a flight from New York’s John F Kennedy airport headed to Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

US law-enforcement officials said Shahzad, 30, would appear in court later in the day to face charges “for allegedly driving a car bomb into Times Square on the evening of May 1”.

Eric Holder, the US attorney-general, said that the investigation into the failed bombing “is ongoing, it is multifaceted and it is aggressive”.



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Fire damages West Bank mosque

Settler violence, like this mosque fire in Yasuf in December, has increased in recent months [AFP]

Police are investigating a fire which seriously damaged a mosque in the West Bank village of Luban Al Sharqiya and which local residents say was an act of arson carried out by Jewish settlers.

Witnesses told Al Jazeera they found the mosque burned at dawn on Tuesday, when they arrived for morning prayers.

They reportedly heard a group of cars approach the mosque around 3am local time.

“The mosque has been completely burned,” Majed Daraghmeh, a mosque official, told the Reuters news agency.

“I didn’t see the settlers but I am certain that they did it because of their previous attacks on the village.”


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