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11th detention by Pak in Times Square plot

world Updated: May 28, 2010 11:26 IST
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An 11th person has been detained by Pakistani officials for his suspected involvement in the botched bombing attempt at New York's Times Square, CNN reported Thursday, quoting a Pakistani intelligence source.

The man, identified as Qamar Ejaz, is the brother of Adnan Ejaz, a former major in the Pakistani army who is in custody for his alleged links with Faisal Shahzad, the prime suspect in the plot, the intelligence source said, requesting anonymity.

However, it was not immediately clear how Ejaz is linked to Faisal Shahzad or the Times Square bombing plot.

Shahzad, a naturalised US citizen of Pakistani origin, was arrested at the John F. Kennedy International Airport while trying to board a flight to Dubai on May 3, two days after he had planted an explosive-laden vehicle in Times Square that failed to explode.

The incident had prompted US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to warn Islamabad of "severe consequences" if any more terrorist attacks on the US were found to have been sourced from Pakistan.

The issue had also topped the agenda of the talks between US National Security Advisor James Jones and CIA Director Leon Panetta had held here with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and the army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.