Five young Americans detained in Pakistan, which is fighting an increasingly violent Taliban insurgency, wanted to join a jihad, or holy war, a police official said on Thursday.


The five men, students in their 20s from Virginia, were detained this week in the city of Sargodha, 120 miles southeast of Islamabad, security officials said.


The case will fan fears in the United States and other Western countries that the sons of immigrants from Muslim countries are being drawn to violent Islamist militancy.