الأربعاء , يونيو 10 2020

'Foreign fighters' stopped at airport

Australian PM Tony Abbott

Mr Abbott said a group of people were intercepted on their way to the Middle East

Australian authorities have stopped seven young Australians from leaving the country, fearing they planned to fight in the Middle East.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it seemed they were trying to join “terror” groups.

They were stopped at Sydney International airport earlier this month.

It is a crime in Australia to fight for or assist militants on either side of the conflicts in the Middle East.

Mr Abbott said on Thursday the incident proved “the continuing allure” of overseas “terror” groups.

The government would not release any more detail about the matter.

Carrying cash

Mr Abbott was reacting to a report in Sydney’s Daily Telegraph about a group of men attempting to board a flight to get to Syria or Iraq.

They were allegedly carrying large amounts of cash.

Australia is on high alert for attacks by radicalised Muslims, including those returning home from fighting in the Middle East.

In December last year, the country specifically banned travel to Syria’s Raqqa province, which is held by the so-called Islamic State group (IS).

It means anyone entering the area could face up to 10 years in prison unless they have a legitimate reason, including family visits, journalism or aid work.

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