Five Muslim soldiers were arrested for allegedly trying to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, according to CBN News.
The men, arrested just before Christmas, were part of the Arabic Translation program at the base, the Christian network said.
A source with intimate knowledge of the ongoing investigation told CBN News that investigators suspect the “Fort Jackson Five” may have been in contact with the five Northern Virginia Muslims who traveled to Pakistan to wage jihad on U.S. troops.
CBN News reporter Erick Stakelbeck said it’s unclear whether the Fort Jackson soldiers are still in custody.
The ongoing probe began two months ago, Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, told Fox News.
The Army is taking the allegations “extremely seriously,” Grey said, but so far, “there is no credible information to support the allegations” of attempting to poison.
Two sources confirmed to Fox News the five suspects were part of an Arabic translation program called “09 Lima.”
The young men from Northern Virginia, arrested Dec. 8 in Pakistan, had contacted terrorist groups, including two with links to al-Qaida.
They proudly declared to their Pakistani interrogators, “We are here for jihad,” according to local police chief Usman Anwar.
The men, described as devout Muslims, reportedly went overseas without telling their families, who expressed shock upon learning of the arrests.
“Their parents are saying, we had no idea. The youth director is saying, we had no idea. The mosque is saying, we had no idea,” Ashraf Nubani, an attorney for mosque where the men met, told the Washington Post at the time.