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Pakistan doubts Taliban Times Square claim

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Take it "with a pinch of salt."

That's what Pakistan's army is saying about the Pakistani Taliban's claim that it was behind the failed Times Square bombing.

U.S. officials also cast doubt on the claim soon after the group posted the video message Sunday. But the arrest of a Pakistani-American who allegedly admits to being trained in the Taliban heartland of Waziristan has given it new credence.

But the Pakistani military's chief spokesman says, "anybody can claim anything" and he doesn't believe the Pakistan Taliban has that kind of reach.

Pakistani intelligence officials say they have detained several people for questioning since Faisal Shahzad's arrest.

U.S. and European officials have long said that many of the terror plots in the West are hatched in the northern part of Waziristan, but the Pakistani army has avoided launching a new offensive there.


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