Three more men, reportedly all of Pakistani origin, were arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday in connection with the failed bomb attack at Times Square on May 1.
All three are allegedly believed to have provided part of the funding for the bomb planted by Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American already in custody.
Two of the men, who have not been identified, were held in the suburbs of Boston: a taxi driver and a petrol pump attendant. The third was detained in Maine.
Federal investigators also believe that the money could have been sourced through hawala networks that are often used for transfer of money by South Asians in the US.
Shahzad paid in cash for the Nissan Pathfinder vehicle he left parked at Times Square with the bomb in it. He paid in cash for the air ticket to Dubai as well which he had boarded when he was arrested.
“These searches are the product of evidence that has been gathered in the investigation since the attempted Times Square bombing,” US Attorney General Eric Holder told an oversight committee of the US House of Representatives. He reiterated the investigators’ view the Tehrik-e-Taliban or Pakistan Taliban may have been responsible for the bombing attempt.