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Pakistani Authorities Arrest 6 in NY Bomb Plot


Pakistani authorities have arrested six people on suspicion of ties to a Pakistani-American being held for the failed car bombing in New York's Times Square.

Officials say one of the people arrested was Salman Ashraf Khan, the co-owner of a catering company that services high-end functions in Islamabad, including embassy receptions.

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad Friday warned U.S. government personnel in Pakistan to avoid using the catering company, saying it may have links with terrorist groups.

The exact reason for Khan's arrest remains unclear.

Khan's father, Rana Ashraf Khan, is the other co-owner of the catering company. The father told reporters Saturday his son had no ties with the attempted Times Square bomber, but may have met Faisal Shahzad at a function.

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama's national security advisor, General James Jones, and CIA Director Leon Panetta met with Pakistani leaders to discuss the failed May 1 bombing in New York City.

The U.S government has said Shahzad, a Pakistani-born American citizen, received training and support from the Pakistani Taliban. Shahzad has admitted to the plot.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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