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Pakistan Army Major Reportedly Arrested Over Link to NYC Bomb Suspect

  • Mug shot of Faisal Shahzad, the man accused of plotting a car bombing in New York's Times Square.

    Mug shot of Faisal Shahzad, the man accused of plotting a car bombing in New York's Times Square.  (AP)

  • Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad

    Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad  (AP2010)

A Pakistani army major was arrested Tuesday in connection with the failed Times Square car bombing on May 1, The LA Times reported Wednesday.

The major’s link to suspect Faisal Shahzad, was unclear but Pakistani law enforcement sources confirmed to the newspaper that the pair had met in the capital Islamabad and that they were in cellphone contact.

The sources did not provide further details of the meeting or calls and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The report was later denied in a statement to the media from the Pakistan Army's Inter-Services Public Relations unit. It said the officer, identified by some local newspapers as Signal Corps Major Adnan, was sacked and arrested for insubordination unconnected to the New York Terror attack.