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Terror Search Raids Nashville Home

October 31, 2002

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Agents with the Tennessee Joint Terrorism Task Force raided a home of a Pakistani man Thursday, and authorities said other search warrants also were being served in the city.

No arrests were made, but FBI, U.S. Customs and IRS agents spent about three hours at the home owned by Fadhil Abbas Al-Sahaf, 34. They confiscated several items and were seen leaving the home with boxes, plastic bags filled with papers, envelopes, FedEx packages and videotapes. A travel trailer in the back yard also was searched.

Douglas Riggin, an FBI agent in charge of the task force, said there moves were not related to ``any terrorist act which might pose a threat to the city.″

He would not elaborate on whether the raid was related to terrorist threats elsewhere, but added: ``The task force investigated it. Draw your own conclusions.″

Riggin also declined to say where the other Nashville search warrants were served, except to say the searches were ``related to the ongoing investigation conducted under the auspices of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.″

The task force is composed of agents with the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and other federal agencies, as well as investigators with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Highway Patrol and local police departments.

Al-Sahaf, who apparently was at the home during the raid, bought the house in 1997, according to Davidson County property records.

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