Counterterrorism officials searching N.Y. apartments for explosives and possible links to al-Qaida o
HEADLINE: Suspect’s friend: Not sure of any al-Qaida link
CAPTION: Counterterrorism officials searching N.Y. apartments for explosives and possible links to al-Qaida operatives questioned a man extensively about his connection to a childhood friend who visited the area last week, the man said Tuesday. (Sept. 15)
NB. THIS IS A VOICEOVER TRANSCRIPT, NOT A FULL SHOT LIST.
This man, who runs a coffee vending cart in New York City, says he got a sudden visit Thursday night from an old acquaintance who now lives in Denver.
Three nights later, Naiz Khan’s apartment was swarming with more than a dozen agents of the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Khan says they were very interested in the visitor.
((NAIZ KHAN, resident of raided apartment SOT: ” A lot of questions they ask me about is Najibullah, who was he, and did he came, what time did he came))
Law enforcement sources say the raids of Khan’s apartment and several others in the borough of Queens were prompted by the visit of someone believed to have ties to Al-Qaida.
They’re not saying whether it was Khan’s visitor, who goes by the name of Najibullah.
Publicly, they’re not saying much of anything at all.
(( RAYMOND KELLY, New York City police commissioner SOT: We work very closely with the FBI. We have no guarantees in our world, we like in a dangerous world. But I would say there is nothing more that could be done to protect the people of our city, and I feel comfortable in saying that.”))
Najibullah approached Khan at the local mosque and told him he needed a place to stay one night, while he ironed out difficulties with a permit for his own coffee cart.
Agents are said to have been looking for explosive materials, but they didn’t find any. Meanwhile, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security
issued an alert to local police departments to be on the lookout for signs someone’s making homemade bombs.
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