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New York car bomb called act of terror

By Kara Rowland, The Washington Times

The White House called the car bomb found in New York City over the weekend an act of terrorism for the first time Monday as investigators zeroed in on two people who were seen on security cameras near the explosives-laden sport utility vehicle, though law enforcement officials said they were not suspects.

U.S Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told reporters that authorities “have some good leads” into the incident, in which a Nissan Pathfinder packed with fireworks, gasoline and propane was spotted in the city’s bustling Times Square with keys in the ignition.

He and other government officials publicly said it was too early to determine whether terrorist organizations were involved, but speculation mounted throughout the day after a Taliban affiliate claimed responsibility for the botched attack and The Washington Post quoted anonymous administration sources who said preliminary investigations suggest a global plot.

Meanwhile, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said police are looking for a man seen changing his shirt near the SUV and another person who was spotted running down Broadway. Commissioner Kelly, in an appearance on CNN’s “American Morning,” also said authorities had interviewed the registered owner of the Pathfinder, but added that he was not a suspect and that his car had not been reported stolen.

With the investigation still in its early phase, information was flowing in from all areas.

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