The bumbling alleged Times Square bomber had backing from the Taliban in Pakistan, Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday, claiming the U.S. has evidence that the Taliban helped facilitate, and likely financed, the attempt. –JCL

Al Jazeera English:

The Pakistani Taliban was behind the failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in the heart of New York City, the United States attorney general has said.

Eric Holder’s revelation on Sunday came almost a week after US authorities arrested Faisal Shahzad, a naturalised US citizen born in Pakistan, blamed for planting the bomb in Times Square.

“We’ve now developed evidence that shows that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack,” Holder said on ABC’s current affairs talk show “This Week”.

“We know that they helped facilitate it. We know that they probably helped finance it, and that he [Faisal Shahzad] was working at their direction,” he said.

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