An FBI advisory says there are, at present, no known connections to any terrorist group but that the students are to be "approached with caution" and taken into custody. They "are here illegally and wanted for questioning," the advisory says.
The advisory comes just over a month before the five-year anniversary of the September 11 terror attacks on the United States.
"This is of very serious concern and is being closely tracked," said Rep. Peter King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
The FBI says the Egyptians arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York on July 29 and disappeared. The advisory says the alert is nationwide but that there is specific concern the Egyptians may be on the Eastern Seaboard. 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.