Raids Net 3 Suspected of Giving Money to Shahzad

Feds hit sites in Massachusetts, New York, and New Jersey
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2010 2:11 PM CDT
Raids Net 3 Suspected of Giving Money to Shahzad
A home in Watertown, Mass., is blocked off.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Details are filling in on the half-dozen federal raids across the Northeast today in connection with the Times Square bombing case. Three people were taken into custody—two near Boston and one in Maine—on suspicion of providing money to Faisal Shahzad, reports the Washington Post. They're being held on immigration violations. Other raids were conducted on Long Island and in New Jersey.

Authorities say the raids aren't a "big break," reports the New York Times, but rather an attempt to follow up on leads and figure out who provided the means for the attempted car bombing. The US has previously linked Shahzad to the Pakistani Taliban. Those detained "may have provided money to Shahzad but may not have known what they were doing," said a federal law enforcement official. "The question is, did they provide money, did they facilitate and were they knowing?" (More Times Square bomb scare stories.)

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