Man held in Times Square probe denies suspect link

Posted May 17, 2010, at 5:27 p.m.

DENISE LAVOIE,AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) — Pakistan’s consul general in Boston says one of three men arrested in the investigation of the Times Square attempted bombing denies any connection to suspect Faisal Shahzad.

Consul General Barry Hoffman said Aftab Khan, a gas station attendant who lives in Watertown, told him during a visit to his jail cell Monday that he does not know Shahzad and had no contact with him.

Hoffman said Khan is a “scared young man” who doesn’t understand why he was arrested last week.

Aftab Khan and his roommate, Pir Khan, are both being held on immigration charges. A third man, Mohamad Rahman, was arrested in Portland, Maine, and is also being held on an immigration charge.

Authorities say they funneled money to Shahzad, but may not have known how the money was to be used.

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