Nine of 11 missing Egyptian students in U.S. custody

Daily Star Egypt Staff
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CHICAGO, U.S.: Nine of 11 Egyptian students who failed to show up for a Montana university exchange program last month were in custody on Saturday after officials arrested three students in Iowa, U.S. immigration officials said. Two remained missing, according to a statement from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. None of the students posed a terrorism threat, officials have said. An alert went out for the students after they did not show up as scheduled for an academic program at Montana State University in Bozeman. Authorities have been seeking them since July 29. The 11 students were part of a group that entered the United States at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York last month. ICE arrested three students in Des Moines, Iowa, on Friday, the agency said. The students were arrested on violations of their temporary student visas. The other students in custody were arrested or turned themselves in to authorities in Minneapolis, Chicago, suburban Maryland and a town in New Jersey. An ICE spokesman said this week the government will seek to deport them. The United States has tracked foreign students more closely since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Reuters

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