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Thu, 15 Jan, 2015 12:07:11 AM
Girl intercepted at a London airport probably not the case: FM
FTimes – STT Report, Jan 15

There was a possible attempt by the radical Islamic group Isis to recruit young Muslims in the Ostrobothnian town of Vaasa, reported the Finnish language newspaper Pohjalainen.

The incident was informed to the newspaper by Juha Tuomikoski, head of training at the Vaasa Education Training Centre.

Three Sunni Muslims were targeted when three English-speaking recruiters knocked to their doors, said the report.

The incident, according to Tuomikoski, happened in October and it was reported to the police.

“The lads did not want to talk about it. They were afraid. The recruiters had behaved in a threatening manner,” said Tuomikoski.

Tuomikoski is also a deputy city councillor and a Vihreä liitto (Green League) parliamentary candidate.

Nabil Salem, chair of a Muslim association in Vaasa region, however, doubts the accuracy of the said recruitment.

According to the Finnish security police, more than 50 people have left to fight in the Syrian conflict, some alongside Isis.

Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja on Wednesday admitted that the information about a girl from North Karelia who was said to be intending to fight in Syria is probably not the case.

Tuomioja had earlier said on Saturday in an interview with the national broadcaster YLE that a girl from North Karelia had been intercepted at a London airport en route to join the fighting in Syria.

Tuomioja said he may not know the final conclusions, since the matter is in the hands of the police and the security police.

The foreign minister said he does not want to deal with a particular case any further.

He said he just wanted to raise the issue that other populations belonging to different European countries have participated in combat operations.


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