FBI Searches Al-Qaida Suspect’s Denver Home

September 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)—FBI agents converged on Wednesday, at the Denver-area apartment of a suspected al-Qaida terrorist, linked to the New York raids conducted earlier in the week searching for bomb-making material and other evidence. Najibullah Zazi, 24, an airport-shuttle driver from suburban Aurora, Colorado was detained entering NY City on Sept 10, in a rental car and has been under surveillance ever since.

Law enforcement agents later found documents on bomb-making in his rental vehicle.

Zazi denies that he is a terrorist. “No. Of course, I’m not a terrorist,” Zazi said to The News. He confirmed that he visited New York last week to visit friends, but he offered no additional details.

FBI agents, armed with a warrant, searched Zazi’s apartment where he lives with his elderly parents. The federal agents secured the perimeter of the entire three-story apartment building with yellow police tape and covered the windows with black screens, as they conducted their search.

Zazi has hired a lawyer and he said he plans to hold a press conference later today to profess his innocence. “I live here. I work here. Why would I have an issue with America?” “This is the only country that gives you freedom – freedom of religion, freedom of choice. You don’t get that elsewhere. Nobody wants to leave America. People die to come here” Zazi said to the Denver Post.

Meanwhile, FBI agents believe Zazi is a member of a five-man cabal with ties to Osama Bin Laden’s terrorist group. One of the suspects, reportedly Zazi, just returned home from a trip to Pakistan, where many al-Qaida linked terrorists’ cells thrive.

Zazi was seen last week praying at the Masjid Hazart Abubakr Islamic Center in Queens, with other members of the suspected terrorist cell. Mosque members called him; “Naji,” and he ran a coffee and doughnut cart in Manhattan, before moving to Colorado to live with his parents earlier this year.

Zazi’s father moved from Afghanistan to New York in 1989, with his family eventually joining him. Najibullah Zazi was born in Afghanistan. The Zazi family then moved to the Denver area.

The FBI released very little information after the NY raids last week. Local officials said agents detained four members of one family, but they were later released.

The FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security later issued an advisory to police agencies on how to track evidence of bomb-making, including looking for burn marks typically found on suspects involved in producing a particular kind of explosive device.

FBI Director Robert Mueller denies that the suspected terrorist cell poses a public threat. “I do not believe there is imminent danger from that particular investigation,” said Mueller.

However, a former senior counter-terrorism official said, “The FBI is seriously spooked about these guys.”


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