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Raids by FBI Turn Up Little at Three Homes

November 15, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

FBI raids on the homes of three Chester city officials of Pakistani descent appear to have turned up little of significance, law enforcement officials said.

The raids were conducted Monday by about 30 FBI SWAT team members, some in protective biohazard suits.

Chester Health Commissioner Irshad Shaikh, 39, said he answered the FBI's questions but said he did not know what the agents were looking for when they searched the home he shares with his brother, Masood Shaikh, who works in the city's lead abatement program.

The third official, city accountant Asif Kazi, 39, lives a few blocks from the Shaikh brothers. He said the FBI asked him about anthrax and other biological agents and swabbed areas of his home.

Kazi said agents told him he had been seen dumping a liquid behind his home and handing a silver canister to someone.

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