Sunday, May 02, 2010

Attempted Terror Plot? Car Bomb Detonated In Times Square, Near Viacom Building (Comedy Central)--UPDATE: Paki Taliban Claiming Credit

UPDATE: The Long War Journal (via Gateway Pundit) says a Pakistani faction of the Taliban is claiming responsibility for the attempted bombing.

Disturbing news happened last night in Manhattan, as a car bomb was discovered in Times Square (NY Slimes):

A crude car bomb of propane, gasoline and fireworks was discovered in a smoking Nissan Pathfinder in the heart of Times Square on Saturday evening, prompting the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers on a warm and busy night. Although the device had apparently started to detonate, there was no explosion, and early on Sunday the authorities were still seeking a suspect and motive.

“We are very lucky,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a 2:15 a.m. press conference. “We avoided what could have been a very deadly event.”
Thanks to an alert t-shirt vendor who is also a Vietnam Vet, police were informed of something suspicious.
At 6:28 p.m., Mr. Kelly said, a video surveillance camera recorded what was believed to be the dark green Nissan S.U.V. driving west on 45th Street.

Moments later, a T-shirt vendor on the sidewalk saw smoke coming out of vents near the back seat of the S.U.V., which was now parked awkwardly at the curb with its engine running and its hazard lights on. The vendor called to a mounted police officer, the mayor said, who smelled gunpowder when he approached the S.U.V. and called for assistance. The police began evacuating Times Square, starting with businesses along Seventh Avenue, including a Foot Locker store and a McDonald’s.

Police officers from the emergency service unit and firefighters flooded the area and were troubled by the hazard lights and running engine, and by the fact that the S.U.V. was oddly angled in the street. At this point, a firefighter from Ladder 4 reported hearing several “pops” from within the vehicle. The police also learned that the Pathfinder had the wrong license plates on it.
The Corner at National Review Online notes that the UK Telegraph found one bit of information not noticed (or ignored) by American media.

The dark green Nissan Pathfinder with tinted windows was parked near the junction of 45th Street and Broadway.

The location is also adjacent to the Viacom building, fuelling speculation that it might be linked to the company's controversial South Park cartoon which recently depicted Prophet Muhammad in a bear suit.
Terrorists have used this type of car bomb in previous attacks. Some at FreeRepublic have noted the 2007 car bomb attack at the Glasgow International Airport (Wikipedia).

The 2007 Glasgow International Airport attack occurred on Saturday 30 June 2007, at 15:11 BST, when a dark green Jeep Cherokee loaded with propane canisters was driven into the glass doors of the Glasgow International Airport terminal and set ablaze.
Will post updates as they occur.

UPDATE: 2:24: Fox News says an explosive device, later found to be harmless, altered the route of the Pittsburgh Marathon today.

Liberals at DUh (DemocRAT Underground) are already blaming "teabaggers" for the Times Square car bomb. The same liberals who deny Islamofascism exists and, instead, saw the Bush Administration as the cause of terror.

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