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* No imminent danger, congressmen say
* Focus on one man who met with people in Queens
* Apartment shared by five Afghan men searched - witness
* Militant ideology sympathetic to al Qaeda detected - NYT
By Edith Honan
NEW YORK, Sept 14 New York City police and the
FBI raided homes in the borough of Queens early on Monday as
part of an investigation into suspected terrorism, focusing on
one man who has been under surveillance, officials said.
Authorities searched at least two apartments including one
shared by five Afghan men, taking some of them in for
questioning, said one man who was questioned.
Members of U.S. Congress briefed by the Federal Bureau of
Investigation said there was no imminent danger.
"There was nothing imminent, and they are very good now at
tracking potentially dangerous actions and this was
preventive," said Charles Schumer, a U.S. Senator from New York
who was among those briefed by FBI officials.
A man who identified himself as Amanullah Akbar, a
30-year-old taxi driver, said the FBI raided the apartment he
shares with four other Afghan men at 2:30 a.m. (1630 GMT)
He was brought in for questioning and released and said he
had no idea why his home was targeted, adding that he believed
one of his roommates was arrested.
A neighbor said she saw FBI agents armed with what she
called machine guns storm the apartment building, and that one
of them emerged carrying a box.
"It was scary. I wasn't going to stop the FBI and ask them
what was going on," said Melissa Khan, 28.
NYPD and FBI officials provided few details, calling it
part of an ongoing investigation of the joint terrorism task
AL QAEDA IDEOLOGY SUSPECTED
The New York Times, citing an unnamed senior law
enforcement official, said authorities had uncovered a small
group of people who espoused a militant ideology aligned with
Neither a specific plot nor a target of any planned attack
had been detected, but their activities had aroused enough
suspicion to obtain search warrants, the Times said.
Schumer told reporters the raid was unrelated to an
appearance in New York by President Barack Obama on Monday.
Peter King, a Republican congressman from New York who was
also briefed on the case, told ABC News: "He (the main suspect)
was being watched and concern grew as he met with a group of
individuals in Queens over the weekend.
"The FBI went to court late last night for an emergency
warrant to conduct the raids this morning," ABC quoted King as
New York City has been on high alert since the attacks of
Sept. 11, 2001, and the recent anniversary has reminded many
that the city was targeted in the suicide hijackings that
destroyed the World Trade Center eight years ago.
The Twin Towers were also hit by a truck bomb attack in 1993
that killed six people and wounded more than 1,000.
(Additional reporting by Michelle Nichols in New York and
Thomas Ferraro in Washington; Writing by by Daniel Trotta;
Editing by Philip Barbara)