50 Finnish joined Syrian conflict

A militant Islamist fighter uses a mobile to film his fellow fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province. File photo

ARA News

More than 50 people have left Finland for Syria, according to the Finnish Security Intelligence Service (Supo). Of that total number, some six to eight are confirmed to have been killed.

”Some of them have gone on humanitarian missions,” chief Antti Pelttari told local media. “But unfortunately, increasing numbers are going to join the radical combatants.”

“The group of more than 50 people includes people with Finnish heritage. Although not all of them have gone to engage in the war,” Pelttari said.

He added that he believes some of those to leave Finland for Syria may have converted to Islam for the express purpose of joining the hostilities.

”This radicalization has occurred via the internet,” Pelttari said.

Some of those to join the unrest have never even attended a mosque, Pelttari added. He said that some 20 people have returned to Finland after spending time in Syria.


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