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Thu, 03 Nov, 2016 12:04:59 AM
FTimes – STT Report, Nov 3
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The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) suspects that four people have left the country for Syria to join militant groups.
Based on preliminary investigation, the police said the men were radicalised in the country in the summer of 2013 and decided to leave for Syria to join the fighting.
“We suspect that they either participated in the armed activities of Isis or al-Nusra, whereby their relationship with Isis and al-Nusra varied at different times,” said Detective Chief Inspector Mika Ihaksinen.
The preliminary investigation involved a wide international cooperation. Important information could be obtained with the help of Sweden and the United States, among others.
According to the police, originally five alleged militants left for Syria, of whom one, according to the radical organisation Isis, was killed in Syria. One of the men returned to Finland without having crossed the border to Syria.
According to the police, two of the alleged terrorists were involved in the founding of Northern Relief aid organisation which the police consider to have been a cover up for their genuine intention to travel.
They left Finland on different days in two groups through the Baltic States and Romania to Turkey. In Turkey, the group of five dispersed and one member of the group returned to Finland without entering Syria.
The rest of the members of the group arrived in Syria at the beginning of June 2013.
Since one of the suspects is still at large, the case will proceed pertaining to the three other suspects.
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