Monday, September 1, 2014

France: Suspicion of Border Police in Nice Prevent an Intended Jihadist from Traveling to Syria

According to Yahoo News,  a 16-year-old girl suspected of attempting to fly to Syria to join Muslim extremists was arrested Sunday (August 31) at an airport in southern France, according to officials. 

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement that border police at Nice International Airport arrested the 16-year-old on Saturday (August 30) before she boarded a flight "for jihad."

Suspicion was raised when a 22-year-old Chechen man endeavored to pay cash for a one-way air fare to Turkey. Turkish Airlines alerted French border police to the purchase.

COMMENT: The young girl unconvincingly told authorities that she was going to Istanbul to visit her grandmother. Upon contacting her home, the girl's parents told police they have no family there and objected to her traveling to Turkey. 

The Chechen man, who is believed to be the girl's recruiter, was arrested shortly thereafter. He is apparently an individual known to authorities for similar crimes.

France estimates that as many as 800 of its citizens have left to join Islamist extremist organizations in Syria.