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Swiss Police Search for Terrorists

April 18, 2002

BERN, Switzerland (AP) _ Swiss police carried out a series of searches Thursday as part of an investigation into the financing of the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

The Swiss Prosecutors Office said more than 60 officers had seized documents from several businesses and the homes of three people suspected of terrorist links. No one was arrested during the operation in Switzerland’s eastern Graubuenden and southern Ticino regions, the office said.

The operation was carried out by a special unit created by Swiss authorities on Sept. 15.

Swiss authorities previously have blocked 69 bank accounts containing some $20.4 million belonging to organizations or individuals on a list of those suspected of terror links.

In addition, Switzerland is investigating Nada Management Organization, which is included on the list, and has blocked its assets.

The Muslim-run financial firm, based in Lugano in the Ticino region, is accused by the United States of helping to fund Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network.

Company officials have repeatedly denied links to terrorism, and accused Swiss authorities of taking part in a U.S.-led anti-Muslim campaign.

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