NEW YORK – A year after a militant Pakistani immigrant panic spread by driving a bomb-laden vehicle leisure in the heart of Times Square, New Yorkers, tourists and even a street vendor who alerted police to the vehicle smoking continues to fall on "The Crossroads of the World" like it never happened.
The case Shahzad "is part of the evolution of the threat of terrorism," said Romaniuk. Regarding September 11, added, "that expeditionary style terrorism is less likely to happen these days."
A recently unsealed indictment in federal court in Manhattan, is a reminder of how – compared to Shahzad – the September 11 attacks was a complex undertaking begun in 1999, admitted mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed training hijackers "to use short-bladed knives slaughter of sheep and camels. "
In late August 2001, "was informed of the date on which the hijacking attacks will be made and communicated to Mohammed Osama bin Laden out of it," the document said.
Instead, the Taliban, Pakistan Shahzad provided with about $ 15,000 in just five days of explosives training in late 2009 and early 2010, months after he became a citizen of the USA.
On May 1, he drove the 1993 Nissan Pathfinder, carrying crude bomb in a busy section of Times Square, parked it and left. Street vendor Duane Jackson found smoke coming from the SUV and notified police, who cleared the area quickly.
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The discovery of a wave of fear spread throughout the city and shut the lights of Times Square for 10 hours as the bomb group claimed responsibility. We discovered that the bomb – fireworks, fertilizers, propane tanks and gas canisters – was, fortunately, misfired.
The attempt to bomb set off an intense investigation that led two days later by the investigators Shahzad plucking a Dubai-bound plane at Kennedy Airport.
Authorities say that once caught, Shahzad embraced his role and was willing to describe the failed attempts. At sentencing, he warned Americans: "Brace yourself, because the war with Muslims has just begun."
"Looking beyond shoulder'The my anniversary is a reminder that New York" was lucky, "said Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly." We had one person who was able to drive there with what he thought was a workable bomb . It could be a major disaster. "
The attempted attack, Kelly said, was further proof "that there are people out there who have committed to come here and destroy us, and we must be careful."
With the 31-year-old Shahzad behind bars for life, there is no obvious sign that Times Square was planned war zone, though the NYPD is still a presence.
Mounted police and foot patrols are fixtures around the hotels, restaurants and theaters of Broadway. The department also has a substation on 43rd Street, with neon "New York Police Department" sign, two blocks south from where Shahzad planted bomb.
The NYPD recently decided to raise the point about 10 feet (three meters), "so that passers-by blocks can be seen clearly where the police station is, if the reference conventional crime, suspicion of terrorism or just get general help "said the spokesman NYPD Paul Browne.
On Friday, a waitress Devin Preston, 28, waited in a line rush to get tickets for the show on Broadway right near where the bomb had fizzled out. He said he remembered the bomb scare strongly.
"The funny thing about panic is that it is infectious, especially in a city like New York," he said. "There's just so many people here to get this. Especially because of what happened on 11 September.
On the corner of 45th and Broadway, the 58-year-old Jackson still sells pocketbooks and other accessories, as he has for the past 13 years, an area often filled with tourists heading to shows at the Marriott Marquis, Schoenfeld and Music Box.
A year has passed from the stomach dropped at the vehicle smoking. Since then, "it seems there is always a police car parked right where the terrorist guy parked SUV, and there are usually a few opposite side of the road."
As to whether the terrorists are still hiding, he said, "Sure I still have my suspicions, but I'm looking over my shoulder as I was before."
Associated Press writers Colleen Long and Samantha Gross contributed to this report.
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