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Times Square Bombing Suspect: Pakistani Man From Connecticut Bought Pathfinder Weeks Ago

07/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

UPDATE: 12:10 AM -- Sahzad Faisal, a U.S. citizen and resident of Connecticut, has been arrested in connection with the failed Times Square car bombing, NBC News reports.

UPDATE: 10:30 PM -- Federal officials have identified the man who bought the Nissan Pathfinder used in the attempted bombing of Times Square Saturday night.

Authorities did not name the suspect, but described him as a naturalized US citizen from Pakistan who lives in Connecticut. He bought the Pathfinder in cash on Craigslist in Bridgeport, Connecticut within the past three weeks, the New York Times reports.

Original Post: While Mayor Bloomberg spent the day stressing that the middle-aged white male sought by police is not necessarily a suspect in Saturday night's attempted bombing of Times Square, officials have begun to suspect that the failed attack may be the work of foreign terrorists.

An official familiar with the ongoing investigation told the Washington Post, "Don't be surprised if you find a foreign nexus. . . . They're looking at some telltale signs and they're saying it's pointing in that direction."

News of a foreign connection in the plot would fly in the face of the comments Long Island Congressman Steve King made earlier in the day.

King, the top Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, said there was no intelligence chatter before or conversation after the attack.

Another official said that while a person suspected to have a connection to the SUV made several calls overseas, "the calls may be completely innocent."

In related news, CBS News reports that the last registered owner of the Pathfinder told investigators that he recently sold the car to a "Middle Eastern" or "Hispanic" looking man on Craigslist.

The man says he received $1,300 in $100 dollar bills for the car.

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