With raids in Mass., arrest in Pakistan, Times Square bomber case expands in reach

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The case of the failed Times Square bombing and its accused perpetrator, Faisal Shahzad, is rapidly expanding in reach. Late Thursday the Pakistan government said it had arrested a man who claims to have acted as an accomplice to Shahzad. And here at home, federal agents raided homes in suburban Massachusetts and Long Island, New York. The details of the Massachusetts and New York raids are still developing.

Toni Waterman, an associate producer for Greater Boston on Takeaway partner station WGBH joins us with the latest news from Massachusetts.

Hassan Abbas, a professor at Columbia University and author of “Pakistan’s Drift into Extremism: Allah, Then Army and America’s War on Terror” offers insight into a practice known as hawala ? a type of underground, informal banking, which some reports say helped provide Shahzad with money for his alleged bomb attempt. Mr. Abbas is also the Bernard Schwartz Fellow at Asia Society.

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