Pre-Emptive Terror Raid in New York City

September 15, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Police in New York City say they acted pre-emptively in raids Monday on a group of Afghan men. At least one of them is allegedly connected to Al Qaeda, but no one has been arrested.Early Monday morning F.B.I. agents and police on a terrorism task force raided several New York City residences after a visit from a person believed to be linked to Al-Qaida.

"There was nothing imminent, and they are very good now at tracking potentially dangerous actions and this was preventive," said Sen. Charles Schumer (D) New York.

Police believe they disrupted something that may have been coming. Their target was a group of Afghan men, living in New York and in Denver.

Officials said the Denver man recently traveled to Pakistan, and when he came to New York on Thursday, he brought bomb making documents.

"There is very good reason to believe that there is a connection to Al-Qaeda or to Al-Qaeda supporters. Yes, this does not appear to be self starters," said Rep. Peter King (R) New York.

Family members were taken out of the apartment and questioned separately.

The warrant for the raid said authorities expected to find bomb making materials. They did not. But they did seize several documents, computers and cell phones.

A number of people were taken into custody following the raids but have since been released.

Many involved were cab drivers and coffee cart operators. They told the F.B.I. that their friend from Denver is no terrorist.

So far no arrests have been made. The investigation is still under way.

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