5 Missing US Students Arrested in Pakistan
One left video farewell endorsing jihad
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2009 3:52 PM CST
In this April 24, 2009 picture, Pakistani Taliban leave Buner, Pakistan.   (AP Photo/Naveed Ali, File)

(Newser) – Five American men arrested by the Pakistani military are likely the same group that disappeared from the Washington area last month. One of the men left behind a farewell video that endorses Islamic jihad, officials said. The men, aged 18-20, all suddenly left their homes, prompting their families to alert the FBI and express their fears that the young men had left for Pakistan.

The group of Americans captured by Pakistani authorities had been in Sarghoda in Punjab for three days or so. They are not being held on any hard evidence of radicalism—foreigners can be detained just for being in certain areas of Pakistan, the AP reports. "It about their presence. What is the purpose of their visit? What are their connections," a representative for the Pakistani embassy said.