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    Federal agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Taskforce served yet another search warrant at the house of accused terrorist Mohammad Hamza Khan. NBC 5 Investigates obtained exclusive video of the search. Tammy Leitner reports. (Published Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015)

    Federal agents from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Taskforce served yet another search warrant at the house of accused terrorist Mohammad Hamza Khan. NBC 5 Investigates obtained exclusive video of the search.

    Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, several dozen federal agents spent at least an hour at Khan’s Bolingbrook home. The agents could be seen carrying out boxes of evidence, a computer hard drive and other large items. Agents also searched two cars in the driveway and were seen photographing the family's house.

    Khan was arrested Oct. 4 at O’Hare International airport as he and his 17-year-old sister and 16-year-old brother were trying to board a flight for Vienna and then Istanbul. Khan was immediately taken into custody and has been behind bars ever since. He has since pled not guilty to terrorism charges.

    His sister – who is now 18 – and his younger brother – were questioned – but not arrested. During a November detention hearing prosecutors presented evidence that suggested Khan’s siblings also planned to join ISIS.

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    FBI would only confirm that in fact a court-ordered search warrant was served in an ongoing case. It’s unclear if this most recent search pertains to the case against Khan, or possibly a case being built against his siblings.

    Khan’s attorney Tom Durkin did confirm to NBC 5 Investigates that the search warrant served today was limited to communication devices in the home.

    Khan is set to appear in court again next week.
     

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