Pakistan police summit charges against U.S. terror suspects

18:55, March 02, 2010      

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Pakistani police Tuesday submitted charges, including waging war and plotting to attack the country, against five Americans, local media reported.

The five young American men were believed to have gone missing from the Washington, D.C. area in November 2009, and arrested earlier in December in Sarghoda in the eastern Punjab province in Pakistan.

Police on Tuesday submitted a charge paper in an anti-terrorist court in Sargodha. The charges include criminal conspiracy, waging war against Pakistan and plotting to attack the country.

The court will formally charge the five men at the next hearing on March 10, the private TV Express reported.

U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents have interrogated the five young American Muslims after their arrest who wanted to go to Afghanistan to fight U.S.-led forces, according to Pakistani police.

The five students from northern Virginia tried to contact militants and stayed in touch with each other through the internet, local police said, adding that all data of electronic mails and computer data have been got as evidence.

Two are of Pakistani origin, one of Egyptian origin, one of Yemeni origin and one of Eritrean origin, officials said.

Police said that they had found maps from them and that they wanted to proceed to Miranshah, the center of North Waziristan tribal region, to join the militants there and to cross into Afghanistan.

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