- The Washington Times - Saturday, October 27, 2001

Federal authorities chasing hundreds of leads in the anthrax attack that has killed three persons in Washington and Florida will search the New Jersey apartment of two men, arrested after the Sept. 11 attacks, where agents found articles on bioterrorism.
Mohamed Jaweed Azmath and Ayub Ali Khan, who shared an apartment in Jersey City, are being held as material witnesses in New York. They were arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, after police found box cutters, hair dye and $5,000 in their luggage.
Police said the men lied about their nationality, and had conflicting stories concerning their travel plans. Some of the hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks also used box cutters.
Authorities said the FBI has scheduled tests at the apartment for signs of anthrax. While it was not clear yesterday when the tests would be conducted, the apartment has been cordoned off and no items have been removed. A search after their arrest netted articles from back issues of Time and U.S. News & World Report about biological weapons and a gas attack in Tokyo.
They also said that while neither of the two, both of whom worked at a newsstand, appeared to have the technical knowledge required for the production of anthrax, they have refused to cooperate with authorities and have been unable to explain where they got $64,000 to send to relatives over several weeks in 1999.
Two letters containing anthrax, postmarked in Trenton, N.J., were sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office and to NBC News in New York.
No arrests have yet been made in the ongoing anthrax probe.
Mr. Khan and Mr. Azmath had flown Sept. 11 from Newark, N.J., on a flight bound for San Antonio, but were forced to land in St. Louis after the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all planes after the attacks in New York and Washington.
Authorities said the two men have yet to explain to investigators why they were traveling to San Antonio or other plans.
Authorities said the two men then boarded an Amtrak train in St. Louis bound for Texas.


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