UPDATE: A federal law enforcement source says that search warrants are being executed in Boston, New York, and New Jersey.
“We can confirm that search warrants have been executed in several locations in the Northeast in connection with the investigation into the attempted Time Square bombing,” a Justice Department official told CNN. “Two individuals encountered during the searches were taken into federal custody for alleged immigration violations.
“At this time we can provide no further details as the investigation is ongoing. These searches are the product of evidence that has been gathered in the investigation subsequent to the attempted Times Square bombing and do not relate to any known immediate threat to the public or active plot against the United States.”
UPDATEAccording to Fox News, one source said, the search warrants are the product of information obtained through interrogations of Faisal Shahzad, the main suspect in the attempted Times Square bombing who has now been charged with five federal offenses, including attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.
The two Pakistani men have been arrested on “administrative charges,” which means federal authorities will not read them Miranda rights to question them.
One of the men has been charged with overstaying his visa, and the other has been charged with staying in the country despite an order of removal, according to one source.
The FBI says agents have executed search warrants at several locations in the Northeast in connection with the failed Times Square car bombing.
An FBI spokeswoman says the searches were the product of evidence gathered in the investigation and that there is “no known immediate threat to the public or any active plot against the United States.”
FBI spokeswoman Gail Marcinkiewicz would not confirm any addresses, but Boston area media reports say one of the raids was in Watertown, a Boston suburb.
She says two people have been taken into custody on alleged immigration violations in connection with the raids.