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Pakistan will soon bring terrorism charges against three men alleged to have helped the failed Times Square bomber meet up with militant leaders close to the Afghan border and send him money to carry out the attack, a senior police officer said.

The three have been held since soon after the May 1 attempted car bombing, but the announcement marks the first time the authorities in Pakistan have formally acknowledged their arrest. They had previously been picked up by the country's secretive intelligence agencies.

The three were identified as Shoaib Mughal, Shahid Hussain and Humbal Akhtar.

Islamabad police deputy inspector General Bin Yamin said they would soon be charged in court with terrorism offences.

He did give specifics, but terrorism crimes can be punished by death in Pakistan. It was unclear if the men had been appointed lawyers yet.

Yamin described them as having "militant minds" and a strong hatred for America.

Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad has pleaded guilty to terrorism and weapons charges in the United States in connection with the botched bombing.

Yamin said the three suspects had close ties to the leadership of the Pakistani Taliban, a militant group based in the north-west that has claimed responsibility for the plot.

He said the three helped Shahzad to travel to the north-west and meet militant leaders there.

They also sent him $13,000 (£8.376) in the United States when he ran short of money, he said.

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