New Terror Tape: Times Square Bomber Wimped Out on Suicide

Faisal Shahzad talked of martyrdom, but couldn't walk the talk.

ByABC News
May 13, 2010, 12:38 PM

July 14, 2010 — -- A new propaganda tape from the Taliban of Pakistan shows that failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad was a wimp.

On the tape, made months before his failed bomb attack in New York, Shahzad talked boldly of his planned martyrdom.

"This attack on the United States will be a revenge attack for all the mujahedeen who have been martyred," Shahzad said in the 40-minute video released today to an Arab news network, Al Arabiya.

An Al Arabiya producer said the tape was to be released after his death.

But American law enforcement authorities say Shahzad "ran away" after parking his bomb-laden vehicle in a place where he thought hundreds of people would be killed or injured. He used a series of alarm clocks as timers to make sure he would be far away when the bomb went off, investigators say.

Shahzad, wearing a full beard, appears to be reading from a script and the Koran in the tape, which offered few other insights into his terror training in Pakistan other than to confirm his connection to the Taliban of Pakistan.

He stumbles through several of the passages and has trouble pronouncing the name of a recently killed Taliban leader.

He stumbles through several of the passages and has trouble pronouncing the name of a recently killed Taliban leader. 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