New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has spoken out against speculation that a failed car bomb attempt in the heart of New York was the work of al-Qaeda or other major terrorist groups.
“There is no evidence that this is tied in with al-Qaeda or any other big terrorist organisation,” Mr Bloomberg said.
In a one-minute internet video a Pakistani Taliban group claimed that it was behind the failed attack. Tehreek-e-Taliban said the bomb was revenge for the deaths of its leader and the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq.
However NY police doubt the claim, saying the group does not have the global infrastructure to carry out such a strike.
Two videos released by the group feature Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, providing the strongest evidence to date that he survived a U.S. missile strike in January.
In a video allegedly made on April 4, Mehsud sid “the time is very near when our fidaeen (soldiers) will attack the American states in the major cities.”
The New York City Police Department have released surveillance video of a man leaving the scene near where a car bomb was found in Times Square. The man is seen taking off his shirt as he walks down the street.