Nightly News   |  May 05, 2010

Alleged Times Square bomber an unusual suspect

Faisel Shahzad, the Pakistan-born American citizen arrested in connection with an attempted car bombing in New York's Times Square, comes from one of Pakistan's most elite military families and has not been known to have expressed extremist, religious views. NBC's Richard Engel reports.

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RICHARD ENGEL reporting: Faisal Shahzad is from one of Pakistan 's most elite military families. His father was a top commander in the Pakistani air force . He grew up privileged, attending secular private schools , and wasn't known to have expressed extremist religious views. It all made him an almost perfect recruit for the Taliban or other Islamic militant groups because he wouldn't have aroused suspicion. After all, Shahzad is married with kids and, most importantly, an American citizen , not a usual suspect . Brian :

B. WILLIAMS: Richard Engel in Pakistan , along