NEW YORK: Faisal Shahzad, who tried to set off a car bomb in New York's Times Square was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday.
Shahzad, 31, pleaded guilty in June to a failed May 1 bombing in Midtown Manhattan. He said he received bomb-making training from the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, and that the group had funded the bomb plot.
Court documents made public on Wednesday revealed Shahzad had told investigators he thought his bomb would have killed at least 40 people, and that he had planned to carry out a second bombing attack two weeks later. The target of the second attack was not identified in the documents.
According to prosecutors, he also admitted to using Internet webcam sites to monitor Times Square and see when and where a bomb would be most likely to cause bloodshed.
Prosecutors said Shahzad, a naturalized US citizen, posed a “particularly pernicious threat” and his prison sentence should deter potential future radicalization of U.S. citizens.