The FBI searched two properties in South Jersey Thursday as a part of a group of raids associated with the foiled Times Square bombing terrorist plot.
Executing search warrants given by the New York FBI field office, federal agents moved in on a Cherry Hill, N.J. condominium and a Camden printing company. Both properties belong to brothers Muhammad Fiaez and Iqbal Hinjhara.
Fiaez says the FBI came knocking at their home just before 6 a.m.
“They just come in and ask questions, that’s it,” Fiaez said.
The Cherry Hill man stated federal authorities split the brothers apart for questioning. He would not elaborate as to what was really asked, but said Times Square never came up in the conversation.
“No, no, no. Nobody asked me about Times Square,” he said.
It was May 1st when a late-90s Nissan Pathfinder was found in Times Square with a rudamentary car bomb inside that failed to go off. Authorities then launched a massive manhunt and later took Faisal Shahzad into custody just as he was about to fly to Pakistan.
Shahzad is cooperating with authorities.
Federal sources say the brothers were questioned in length about the Hawala system — which is a cash courier network whereby some terrorists are able get their funding.
With Hawala, brokers set up a manual transfer of money that may pass through several people who reside in several countries. This is commonly used in the Middle East as an informal banking system.
Agents also searched their Camden business, the Prompt Printing Press while Fiaez and Hinjhara were being questioned
Authorities took several items from the printing company, witnesses told NBC Philadelphia. Fiaez stated that nothing was taken from his home.
During the Thursday raids, three other people were arrested in the Boston and New York areas.
Fiaez and his brother were only questioned by authorities. Fiaez told NBC Philadelphia. He thinks it was just a case of mistaken identity.