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By IBTimes Staff Reporter | February 20, 2013 2:44 AM PST

Michael Applebaum, the newly elected Montreal mayor, was questioned amid raids and lock-down of the Montreal's city hall Tuesday, reported CBC News.

The province's anti-corruption squad told Media that the team was carrying out nine raids -- one at the city hall and six others in different borough offices.

According to the Canadian Media, these raids were in connection with the two-year old investigation related to "fraud, breach of trust and falsified documents in Quebec."

More than 125 police officers were on the field for the raids, and 25 people were questioned including the present and former Montreal mayor.

However, the current Montreal mayor said that he was not the target of the raids.

"My objective is to work with the police, to respond to all their questions, and to open city hall so they can find all the information they're looking for concerning the files they're investigating," the newspaper quoted Applebaum as saying.

"I am not under investigation - that's clear. I want to reassure Montreal citizens that we are here to co-operate with the police. From the time of my election, I've made it clear I want to shed light on corruption and collusion," said Michael Applebaum.

Workers at the city hall Tuesday were alerted to leave the hall immediately.

"Due to exceptional circumstances, we are asking you to leave your work stations and to immediately exit Montreal city hall," said an email received by the staff, "This order stands until further notice."

Witnesses told the media that staffs were running out as police were entering into the city hall.

"I have never seen anything like this," Louise Harel, the main opposition leader told media, outside the city hall.

After Gerald Tremblay's resignation last fall, Applebaum was nominated to be the mayor of the city.

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