Reporter Faisal Shahzad held, freed later in Sri Lanka -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Reporter Faisal Shahzad held, freed later in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan immigration authorities detained a Pakistani journalist with the same name as the man who staged an abortive car bomb attack in New York`s Times Square last year, officials said on Sunday.

Faisal Shahzad, an Islamabad-based reporter, was allowed to enter the country to cover the World Cup after spending nearly a day in detention.

“We have spoken to the CID (criminal investigations department of the police) and the matter has now been resolved,” a spokesman for the Pakistan high commission in Colombo said.

Shahzad`s name was on a watch list at Colombo airport and the authorities detained him for questioning, his colleagues said. There was no immediate comment from Sri Lankan authorities.
Source: Dawn
Date:3/14/2011