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Posted: 3:07 AM, May 5, 2010

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Every morning, Shahzad would leave wearing a suit and tie to go to work at a marketing firm, the Affinion Group in Norwalk, Conn., where he had been hired as a junior analyst in 2006 to prepare financial reports, a company spokesman said.

Despite their unremarkable exterior, the Shahzads sometimes made their neighbors wonder about them.

"He seemed like a hard worker, but he was always weird," said neighbor Brenda Thurman. "I didn't think he was that weird to do something like this."

Among the things that struck her as odd, Thurman said, was that Shahzad liked to jog late at night wearing dark-colored traditional Islamic robes along unlit streets. He told her he didn't like the sunlight.


FAMILY MAN: Faisal Shahzad (above, with wife Huma and one of their two kids) ditched his Shelton, Conn., house (below) in July. The FBI searched his next home, in Bridgeport, (bottom) yesterday.
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FAMILY MAN: Faisal Shahzad (above, with wife Huma and one of their two kids) ditched his Shelton, Conn., house (below) in July. The FBI searched his next home, in Bridgeport, (bottom) yesterday.
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"My husband said that he looked like a terrorist," Thurman said.

Tracy Howard, 46, who said Shahzad often carried black duffel bags, considered him "very nice and very quiet."

The couple had moved into the brand-new house in 2005, but for the first three years, Mian acted as if she spoke no English, Thurman said. It was only in their last year living there that Thurman discovered Mian spoke it fluently, having spent most of her life in the United States.

Officials at area mosques said they had had no contact with Shahzad or his wife, despite the fact that he had lived in the region for more than a decade after attending the University of Bridgeport.

"To our knowledge, no one has had knowledge or acquaintance with him," said Kashif Abdul-Karim, the imam of Masjid An-Noor in Bridgeport, which is the largest mosque in the area.

Employees at a local halal meat store said Shahzad would stop by monthly to buy meat and spices, but rarely raised an eyebrow.

"He doesn't talk too much. He speaks very quietly, you could barely hear him," said counterman Mohammed Abid, 54. "When I heard that guy did that, I was shocked."

When Shahzad bought the property he didn't say much to the broker -- except when he went on a rant about President George W. Bush's policies in Iraq.

"I didn't take it for anything, since a lot of people didn't like Bush," Igor Djuric told the Journal.

"But he was a little strong about expressing it." Both Shahzad and his wife come from prominent families in Pakistan.

Shahzad hails from the small village of Pabbi in the northwest of the country, but was raised in an upper-middle-class area of Karachi.

His father, retired Air Vice Marshall Baharul Haq, was a decorated aviator in the Pakistani Air Force, having been an instructor for the RAF in England, and is now the deputy director general of the country's civil aviation authority.

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    Wake Up !

    05/07/2010 7:51 AM

    Review all immigration treaties. Close the borders .

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    Tom Smith

    05/06/2010 3:03 PM

    Too perfect a fall guy.

    I would look for a CIA/Mossad connection.

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    Tom Smith

    05/06/2010 3:01 PM

    How can he eat at Red Lobster if he's a Muslim?

    They don't eat shellfish or crustaceans.

    I would turn Jihadi too if I had to live with the snooty phonies in Connecticut and deal with Wall Street type.

    Allah Akbar!!!

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    The Dude

    05/05/2010 4:45 PM

    His kids are US citizens so they can stay along with the wife. Of course, his wife is educated and from an upper class family but if she wanted to she could collect benefits. Just like most US females do.

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    Fred Garvin

    05/05/2010 4:13 PM

    hmmm, wife partied every night and liked shopping? Am I missing something? Other than the obvious (2 small kids) and house was being foreclosed on???? WTF

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    John

    05/05/2010 1:19 PM

    I'm very happy that this animal was apprehended but I am not all that impressed with investigation that led to his capture. I'm sorry but looking at the evidence my question is, how could they not catch him him? And why did it take so long?

    In any crime that involves a car the first thing that anyone would do is run the license plate once that comes up stolen then look for a vin number. Anyone who has a car can tell you that cars have more than one vin number so that was a no brainer. With the vin number you can identify that last registrant. Once the last registrant was interviewed and she gave them the email records of this suspect then it was a simple matter of contacting the email provider and identifying him and tapping into his email account. All this should have took a few hours to half a day, tops. The very troubling part to me is how close this man got to getting away. How did they let him slip away and how was he able to board on an international flight just miles away from Times Square?

    I'm glad he was apprehended but I think he was caught more due to his sloppiness than to sensational investigative work and even with all his mistakes he nearly got away. In my humble opinion this was routine police work, not the solving of the crime of the century that it's been reported to be by the media. But nonetheless good job to everyone involved, you earned your paycheck, just don't expect a Congressional Medal of Honor from me.

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    buxita

    05/05/2010 1:05 PM

    one big chainsaw enema will fix his a**

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    wrfreytag

    05/05/2010 12:39 PM

    Have his wife and their spawns been removed?

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