Pakistan Will Deport Detained US Students

Five DC-area men suspected of trying to join extremist groups
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2009 2:35 PM CST
Pakistan Will Deport Detained US Students
Pakistan army soldiers patrol in Kabal, a village of Swat Valley in Pakistan on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009.   (AP Photo/Sherin Zada)

Pakistan is expected to deport the five Americans who allegedly came to the country to join terrorist groups. The five, all from the DC area, were arrested after telling undercover investigators they were trying to find fighters in the al-Qaeda network. Pakistani police revealed that the father of one of the men fathers was detained along with the group, though his role in their plans isn't clear.

The deportations could be weeks away—Pakistani authorities plan to investigate their connections to extremists: "We need to establish their links," a Punjab official told the AP. "We are getting information that they had plans to travel to the tribal areas. We need to know which people they wanted to see and what their contacts were."
(Read more Pakistan stories.)

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