Federal Authorities are seeking the whereabouts of 11 Egyptian students who failed to show up for an exchange program at Montana State University, AP reports:
Eleven Egyptian students who arrived in the United States last month are being sought by authorities after failing to turn up for an exchange program at Montana State University.
The Egyptian men [all between the ages of 18 and 22] were among a group of 17 students who arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York from Cairo on July 29 with valid visas, according to U.S. authorities and university officials.
The other six have arrived at the Bozeman, Mont., campus for a monthlong program on English language instruction and U.S. history and culture, university spokeswoman Cathy Conover said.
When the 11 didn't turn up by the end of the last week, the FBI issued a lookout to state and local law enforcement, said FBI Special Agent Richard Kolko.
"At this point all they have done is not show up for a scheduled academic program," Kolko said. "There is no threat associated with these men."
So it is probably nothing to worry about. It no doubt is just a coincidence that Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, announced annouced in a videotape aired on the Al-Jazeera news network on Saturday, August 5, that Al Qaeda was welcoming to its ranks an Egyptian jihadist group,"the knights of the Gamaa Islamiya." Just go on about your business.