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Times Square plotter met Taliban chief

world Updated: Jul 24, 2010 00:19 IST

Faisal Shahzad, the man behind the Times Square bombing plot, is seen in a new video footage along with Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, with the two shaking hands and hugging each other.

The Pakistani-American had following his arrest claimed that he had met Mehsud and a host of other radical leaders but investigators had then said they were yet to verify his claims.

The video that has now emerged shows a man who appears to be Shahzad shaking hands with Mehsud and then embracing him.

The footage is on the Sky News website features an audio track of Shahzad.

Last month, Shahzad, pleaded guilty to trying to detonate a car bomb in a crowded area of Times Square on May 1.

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