Cops Hunt 'Furtive' Man in Times Square Video

Suspect shown changing shirts near car bomb site
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2010 2:09 AM CDT
Updated May 3, 2010 7:40 AM CDT

Police released a Times Square surveillance video today of a "furtive" white man in his 40s spotted near an SUV car bomb stripping down apparently to change his appearance. A tourist may also have video of the same man "lunging" away from the SUV, reports the New York Daily News. In the surveillance video, the suspect strips off a blue T-shirt to reveal a red one underneath, then stuffs the first shirt into a bag, looking back toward the SUV "in a furtive manner," said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.

The booby-trapped SUV, discovered smoking on the street Saturday evening, would have created a "fireball" that would likely have killed and maimed several people, said Kelly. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bomb, but officials have no evidence yet to support the claim. Authorities are, however, investigating similarities between the Time Square bomb and two Islamist bombs in London in 2007, reports the Telegraph. The Pakistani Taliban released a new video last night vowing attacks on the US, reports the Washington Post.
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