TIME’s Bobby Ghosh files this report:
AP is reporting that Pakistani authorities in the northeastern city of Sarghoda have detained five U.S. nationals. Three of the men are of Pakistani origin, one is of Egyptian descent and the fifth man is of Yemeni descent. All are aged between 18 and 20, according to local authorities.
It is not yet clear with what — if anything — the men have been charged. U.S. officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, tell TIME the men are from the Washington, D.C. area, and left for Pakistan last month. One of them is believed to have left behind a farewell video in which he says Muslims “must be defended.” The video features images of American casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The family of the man who made the video alerted authorities, who have been looking for him for at least a week. According to AP, the men were picked up in a raid on a house in Sarghoda, in the Punjab province, about 125 miles south of Islamabad.