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Istanbul, Turkey – The Turkish Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday that units of the Turkish border guards arrested 16 Indonesian nationals before crossing into Syria illegally.
The spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Tanju Bilgiç, said in a press conference in Ankara that the arrested Indonesians were taking the route “usually used by jihadists” to join the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) in Syria.
Bilgiç stressed that the border guards arrested a group of 16 Indonesians from three families who were about to cross the border into Syria, pointing out that the initial information confirmed that the Indonesian embassy had been in touch with the group.
The Indonesian Embassy in Ankara did not provide any information to the Turkish authorities about the arrested group , according to the Turkish Foreign Ministry.
Turkey is considered a key conduit for foreign fighters who join the IS ranks.
Both France and Britain have said on previous occasions that Turkey did not take appropriate action to prevent more than 700 French and 500 British nationals from joining the radical group.
Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser
Source: ARA News