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Shirley man searched in Times Square probe seeks FBI apology

Mohammad Iqbal, 46, talks about the FBI raiding

Mohammad Iqbal, 46, talks about the FBI raiding his home in Shirley. (May 14, 2010) Photo Credit: James Carbone

A day after federal agents questioned him for more than five hours about whether he was involved in a plot to bomb Times Square, Shirley resident Mohammad Iqbal demanded an apology from the FBI.

If he doesn't get one, Iqbal said, he said he plans to sue the agency for harassment.

Standing outside his home on Free State Drive, Iqbal, 46, told reporters Friday: "Once they apologize publicly, I'll be satisfied."

He said Friday he was angry the FBI did not call him before the early morning raid, saying he would have sent his children to stay somewhere while he allowed agents to search his home Thursday.

He said his 9-year-old son was concerned children at school would call him a terrorist. Of the FBI, he said: "They came over here to harass me and my family."

Iqbal said he returned home at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday from driving a limousine and said he was awakened at 6 a.m. by two FBI investigators knocking on the door.

Iqbal said Thursday investigators searched his home and questioned him for more than five hours about whether he was involved in the plot to bomb Times Square. Pakistan-born U.S. citizen Faisal Shahzad, 30 is accused of rigging a bomb-laden SUV in the May 1 botched attempt.Iqbal, who came to the United States from the Punjab province of Pakistan in 1995, told Newsday on Thursday: "I've got nothing to hide." Of the FBI raid, he said: "They went through everything. You could say they went through my socks."

Iqbal said Friday that investigators were especially interested in his connection to Muhammad Younis, a Centereach man whom FBI agents also were seen talking to Thursday.

Among items FBI agents seized from Iqbal's home was a 3-by-5-inch black-and-white composition notebook. In it, Iqbal told Newsday in an interview, were records he made showing more than $8,000 he borrowed from Younis in 2005 when Iqbal and his brother needed the money to visit their sick father in Pakistan.

Iqbal said he was not working in 2005 and didn't have the money. It took him two to three years to repay the loan, he said, adding that each time he repaid Younis, he recorded the amount in the little notebook. Iqbal said, however, he did not note dates, just the amount.

The only other name and money transaction recorded in the notebook, Iqbal said, was the amount of money Iqbal's brother repaid him.

With Patrick Whittle

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