SKY NEWS has released a video that shows Faisal Shahzad and Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud shaking hands and hugging sometime before the failed attack in New York in May.
During the video, Shahzad says: “Today, along with the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Hakimullah Mehsud and under the command of Amir al-Mumineen Mullah Mohammed Omar Mujahid (may Allah protect him), we are planning to wage an attack on your side, inshallah.”
Last month, in a statement read out in a US court, Shahzad admitted receiving training in Pakistan about how to “wage an attack” in America. The 30-year-old defendant admitted: “How to make a bomb, how to detonate a bomb.
“I asked them (the Taliban) for some cash because I only had – my cash was like $4,500 that I had with me when I was leaving.”And I asked for some more cash because I had to do the whole operation here.”
The defendant, who was born and raised in Pakistan before moving to America to study and eventually taking US citizenship, was arrested days after the attempted bombing and pleaded guilty in June to carrying out the attack, and admitted attempting to establish contact with the Taliban while on a 2009 trip to Pakistan.
He also told the New York court that he considers himself “a Muslim soldier.” SKY NEWS