Pakistani Taliban claims Time Square car bomb attempt

UPDATE: CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the failed car bomb attack in Times Square in New York City.

In 1 minute video allegedly released by the Pakistani Taliban, the group says the attack is revenge for the death of its leader Baitullah Mehsud and the recent killings of the top leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq. Images of the slain militants are shown as an unidentified voice recites the message. English subtitles are at the bottom of the screen.

The video was uncovered Sunday by the U.S.-based SITE intelligence Group, which monitors militant websites.

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CBS News is reporting that Pakistani intelligence officials on Sunday downplayed the claim.  "There is no credible way to prove that the Taliban have this kind of capacity to attempt such an atteck in the heart of the United States," a pakistani intelligence told CBS News on condition of anonymity. 

A claim is far easier to make than to be carried out in real life," he added.

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City officials call the device "amateurish," but say the bomb found in a sport utility vehicle in Times Square last night was powerful and could have been "very deadly."

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says authorities are treating the car bomb discovered in New York's Times Square last night as a potential terrorist attack.

She tells NBC'S "Meet the Press" it's too soon to tell who's responsible, but investigators are recovering evidence, including fingerprints from the vehicle and video from surveillance cameras in the area.

Thousands were cleared from the streets after two street vendors alerted police to a suspicious vehicle. One of those vendors says "we dodged a bullet" when the bomb failed to explode.

The vendor says he had just alerted a mounted police officer to the SUV when "smoke started coming out," followed by a popping sound like firecrackers. He says "that's when everybody scattered."

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