US officials said here on Friday that three men, identified as Pakistanis, arrested in a series of raids across the northeast on Thursday, supplied funds to Faisal Shahzad detained for botched bombing attempt in New York. Investigators said it was not yet clear whether the three men knew how the money was going to be used. It is widely believed that Shahzad may have given their whereabouts to the FBI while being investigated. Preet Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, whose office is prosecuting Shahzad, said that the accused who had been providing information to agents and prosecutors since his arrest late on the night of May 3, had continued to do so. “Faisal Shahzad is still cooperating and still being interviewed by agents,” said Mr Bharara, who was conducting a news conference in White Plains on an unrelated case. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said investigators believed there was evidence that the men were providing Shahzad with money, but they were yet to determine whether the men knew the funds might have been intended for a terrorist act. A top Massachusetts law-enforcement official said investigators were not sure whether the two Boston-area men were willing accomplices or simply moving funds, as was common among people from the Middle East and Central Asia who lived in the United States. “These people might be completely innocent and not know what they were providing money for,” the official cautioned, “but it’s clear there’s a connection.”
By: Dawn News