Pakistan Taliban: Faisal Shahzad Not One of Us

Faisal Shahzad

Since Faisal Shahzad's arrest in the failed Times Square car bombing, authorities have been looking closely at whether the Pakistan Taliban played a role in planning the attack.

A source told CBS News that it is "increasingly plausible" the militant group was involved. The New York Times first reported on the mounting evidence indicating just that.

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CBS News received a report from freelance journalist Behroz Khan Thursday indicating that the Taliban was now trying to distance itself from Shahzad. Azam Tariq, the group's spokesman, denied a link to the suspect while while praising his bravery.

"This is a noble job and we pray that all the Muslim youths should follow Faisal Shahzad. But he is not part of our network," Tariq said.

Tariq said the plot was "hatched by the U.S. and its allies to trap Muslim and Pushtun youth in terrorist activities."

He also vowed that the group will "launch attacks against the U.S. and its allies with a new zeal and style The U.S. and its European allies are our target."

Tariq claimed that activists have been sent to the U.S. and other European countries and the group would launch further attacks soon. He gave no details about specific targets.

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