New York Police Department investigators are “aggressively looking” into a possible connection between the fuel- and explosives-filled Nissan Pathfinder that was ditched in Times Square on Saturday evening and Islamic terrorist threats against Comedy Central’s ‘South Park,’ sources tell the New York Daily News.
The SUV was parked on West 45th Street, near the Broadway headquarters of Comedy Central owner Viacom. A web site for a radical Muslim group recently made threats against the cabler after it aired a controversial ‘South Park’ episode that depicted the Prophet Muhammad clad in a bear costume.
Specifically, RevolutionMuslim.com said that ‘South Park’ creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone “will probably wind up like Theo Van Gogh,” the Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 for making a documentary on violence against Muslim women.
The posting listed the addresses of Comedy Central’s New York office and Parker and Stone’s California production office.
Any plot to detonate the would-be SUV bomb was thwarted when two street vendors reported the suspicious vehicle and its operator, a 40something white man who is still at large, to the police. A bomb squad subsequently retrieved from the Pathfinder an assembly of propane, gasoline, gunpowder and fertilizer, plus two crude alarm-clock timers.