The FBI and several agencies slated to move into the new Homeland Security Department are tracking five men of Arab ancestry who are believed to have entered the United States illegally on Dec. 24.
The FBI and several agencies slated to move into the new Homeland Security Department are working together to track five men of Arab ancestry who are believed to have entered the United States illegally on Dec. 24.
The FBI announced Sunday it was seeking the public's help in locating the five men. "Although the FBI has no specific information that these individuals are connected to any potential terrorist activities, based upon information developed in the course of ongoing investigations, the FBI would like to locate and question these persons," the agency said in a statement.
The FBI said it is working with the Customs Service, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Transportation Security Administration to try to locate the men.
The five men are Abid Noraiz Ali, Iftikhar Khozmai Ali, Mustafa Khan Owasi, Adil Pervez and Akbar Jamal. They are listed as being born between 1969 and 1983, but the FBI warned that both their names and dates of birth may be fictitious.
"We want to know why they are here. We want to question them ... and find out more," White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters in Crawford, Texas, on Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. President Bush is vacationing in Crawford.
Photographs of the five men and information about how to contact FBI field offices can be found on the FBI's Web site at www.fbi.gov.