NYPD Video Shows Bike Bomber Before 2008 Blast

Cops hope someone recognizes rider in Times Square explosion
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2013 11:55 AM CDT

Authorities hope newly released video—along with a $65,000 reward—might lead to an arrest in a 5-year-old bombing case from Times Square, reports NBC New York. The stitched-together surveillance footage shows a lone bicyclist riding through New York City in the early morning hours of March 6, 2008, before arriving at a military recruiting center. Cops think he got off his Ross bike (later found in a dumpster), lit a fuse on a homemade device, and rode off. The resulting blast didn't injure anyone, but it rattled nerves.

“Someone, somewhere, knows something about a bomber who's still on the run," says an FBI official. The agency and the NYPD think the bicyclist likely had the help of up to six people around Times Square acting as lookouts. Authorities also suspect the bombing is related to two earlier unsolved bombings in Manhattan—one outside the British consulate in 2005 and another outside the Mexican consulate in 2007. (Read more Times Square stories.)

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