Police: Americans in Pakistan had Taliban contact

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Associated Press

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 1:09 PM

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An official says that five Americans arrested in Pakistan had been in touch with the Taliban.

A Pakistan police chief says the young Muslim men had established contact with a Taliban recruiter. He says the recruiter may have planned to take the Americans to a northwest province where the Taliban and al-Qaida are known to be.

He also says the men told FBI officials they were on a mission to be martyred.

The five men are being questioned by Pakistan law enforcement and intelligence agencies today in the eastern city of Lahore.

A U.S. official says FBI agents are in Pakistan to see if there's enough evidence to charge any of the five suspects with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist group.

Officials expect the five Washington, D.C., area men to be deported to the U.S., though it's not clear when that would happen.

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<<CUT …191 (12/11/09)>> 00:04 "charged with anything"

Ian Kelly, spokesman, State Department

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly refuses to confirm that the detainees are suspected of trying to join terrorists to fight against the U.S.

<<CUT …190 (12/11/09)>> 00:06 "pending in Pakistan"

Ian Kelly, spokesman, State Department

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says the American detainees are not facing legal charges.

<<CUT …189 (12/11/09)>> 00:16 "about their situation"

Ian Kelly, spokesman, State Department

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says the Americans detained in Pakistan want to keep their information private.

<<CUT …188 (12/11/09)>> 00:13 "friends and family"

Ian Kelly

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly says a U.S. consular official has visited five young Americans detained in Pakistan.

<<CUT …171 (12/11/09)>> 00:11 "NATO troops there"

Chris Brummitt

AP correspondent Chris Brummitt reports police say the detained Americans had planned to join insurgent terrorists in Pakistan.

<<CUT …170 (12/11/09)>> 00:09 "presume FBI officials"

Chris Brummitt

AP correspondent Chris Brummitt reports the detained Americans in Pakistan are now being questioned by authorities there.

<<CUT …169 (12/11/09)>> 00:08 "criminal charges here"

Chris Brummitt

AP correspondent Chris Brummitt reports the detained Americans are likely to be sent back to the U.S. for possible prosecution.

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: In this five-combo photo released by Sargodha Police Department on Friday, Dec. 11, 2009, arrested American Muslims, from left, Waqir Hussain Khan, Ramys Zamzam, Umar Farooq, Ahmad Abdulminni, Aman Hasan Yamer are seen in Sargodha, Pakistan. Pakistani police say five young American Muslims detained over alleged terrorist links are most likely to be deported.

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