A Pakistani sect of the Taliban is claiming to be behind yesterday’s failed car bomb attack in Times Square. Homeland Security officials and the NYPD say no evidence has yet been uncovered to verify the Taliban’s involvement.
According to the Associated Press, a one minute video allegedly released by the group says the attack is revenge for the death of its leader Baitullah Mehsud and killings of top al-Qaida leaders in Iraq. In the video, images of the dead militants are shown along with a voiceover message. A U.S. based intelligence group that monitors militant websites uncovered the video. This, after U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called the events of Saturday night’s incident in Times Square an “act of terrorism.” During an appearance Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Napolitano said the investigation is in its early stages, but has no reason at this point to believe the incident is connected to any other plots. “You look for fingerprints, you look for all those kind of traditional things people read, hear about, see on television, and then we also begin looking at, for example, video tape. There’s a lot of cameras in that area of New York City,” Napolitano said.