Five US nationals have been arrested in Pakistan for suspected links to a militant organisation thought to be behind a number of high-profile attacks in the country.
The five students, in their 20s from northern Virginia, were picked up in the city of Sargodha in Punjab province.
Police in Pakistan say the five, three of Pakistani descent, one of Egyptian origin and another with Yemini links were in the country with the intent to wage jihad.
Sargodha police chief is Usman Anwar:
“ We arrested them, we have recovered their computers, we have recovered electronic data from them and we have managed to break into the group as well.”
The FBI is now involved and is trying to establish whether they were the same men who were reported missing from their homes in Virginia at the end of November.
Relatives claim they found a farewell video, showing scenes of destruction and claiming “Muslims must be defended.”