Imam: No signs 5 missing US men were radicalized

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Posted: Dec 09, 2009 4:50 PM

A Washington-area Islamic leader says there were no early signs that five men who are believed to have been arrested in Pakistan had been radicalized in the United States.

Five U.S. men disappeared from the Washington area recently. They are believed to be the same group of men arrested in Pakistan, where officials are investigating possible links to extremism.

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik says friends of the unidentified young men saw no signs the men were radicalized. At a news conference, Islamic leaders say the men left behind a disturbing 11-minute farewell video that contained misconstrued quotes from the Quran.

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After the five men disappeared, family members approached Islamic leaders who went to the FBI with the information.