Times Square Bomb Bid Man Pleads Guilty

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A Pakistani-born American citizen defiantly pleaded guilty yesterday to attempting to set off a car bomb in New York’s Times Square, saying that Islamist extremists would continue to attack the United States.Faisal Shahzad, 30, admitted travelling to Pakistan to receive bomb-making training from the Pakistani Taliban and receiving $12,000 (Sh960,000) from the group to carry out the failed plot on May 1.Mr Shahzad, who has a wife and two children living in Pakistan, pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction and attempted terrorism transcending national borders. He faces mandatory life in prison.Wearing a white prayer cap and handcuffed, Shahzad, who lived in the neighbouring state of Connecticut and became a US citizen last year, was arraigned in a packed courtroom in Manhattan federal court. “I’m going to plead guilty 100 times over,” Mr Shahzad told the court. Until the United States stops drone aircraft attacks and the occupation of “Muslim