Pakistan Police: Father of an American also in Custody

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials in Pakistan have met with the Americans who are in custody there.

Pakistani police say in addition to the five young American Muslims, they've also detained the father of one of the men. They say he shuttled back and forth between the U.S. and Pakistan.

They're trying to establish what role he may have played.

A Pakistani law enforcement official says the five men met with representatives of a group with links to al-Qaida, looking for training, but were turned down because they didn't have anyone to vouch for them.

Another law enforcement official says the five are "directly connected" to al-Qaida.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Embassy in Washington says the men used Facebook and YouTube to try to connect with extremist groups in Pakistan, and continued that effort on the street once they got there. He says local Pakistanis became suspicious and alerted police.

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