Women and children among T&T nationals held allegedly trying to join ISIS

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 16:15

Turkish authorities have confirmed that eight of the nine people detained in Turkey under suspicion of attempting to join terrorist group ISIS, were holding Trinidad and Tobago passports.

That's according to Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young.

The Minister said the Government has received some feedback from the Turkish authorities after a story was published in the Turkish media identifying T&T nationals being detained as they attempted to cross the border, allegedly to join the terror squad.

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The Minister told today's post-Cabinet news conference that women and children were part of the group.

One of the nine people detained was not in possession of a T&T passport.

The Minister said that the Government is still awaiting an official response from the Turkish government with respect to the circumstances under which these persons were held.

He said they are still being held by Turkish authorities.

Minister Young said National Security officials will still have to ascertain whether the passports were properly assigned to the detainees while their investigations continue.

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