Tuesday, August 08, 2006

11 Egyptian Students Missing in US

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reported by CBSNEWS, please cross post:

According to the advisory the 11 missing Egyptians are:

1. Ibrahim, El Sayed Ahmed Elsayed; DOB OF 4/29/1986.
2. El Dessouki, Eslam Ibrahim Mohamed; DOB OF 02/21/1985.
3. El Bahnasawi, Alaa Abd El Fattah Ali; DOB OF 04/02/1986.
4. Abd Alla, Mohamed Ragab Mohamed; DOB OF 02/15/1984.
5. El Laket, Ahmed Refaat Saad El Moghazi; DOB OF 09/01/1986.
6. El Ela, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Abou; DOB OF 02/02/1985.
7. El Moghazy, Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed; DOB OF 08/08/1986.
8. Abdou, Ebrahim Mabrouk Moustafa; DOB OF 02/25/1984.
9. El Gafary, Moustafa Wagdy Moustafa; DOB OF 07/01/1988.
10.Maray, Mohamed Saleh Ahmed; DOB OF 09/12/1985.
11.El Shenawy, Mohamed Ibrahim Fouaad; DOB OF 08/12/1988. 

Posted by Jim

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 7:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to the Mansauri University here (http://www.mans.eun.eg) to see if I could locate information on these students. Their search engine did not get a hit on english and Montana State.

The site might be searchable for the names of these students if someone can read the alphabet. And if someone can break into the mail server (also on the above site) we can find out if these students have email addresses. 

Posted by jim

Tuesday, August 08, 2006 7:53:00 PM  

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