Three British teenagers arrested trying to join ISIS

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 10:34 AM

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Authorities in Turkey detained three young males who allegedly tried to cross into Syria and join the Islamic State terrorist organization. A group of ISIS militants are pictured in Iraq last June.

Officials have detained three British male teenagers who were caught in Istanbul on their way of joining the Islamic state.

The arrest occurred Friday as many countries continue to deal with the problem of young adults and teenagers being recruited to join the violent terrorist organization that has taken control over parts of Syria and Iraq.

The three men, whose identities have not been released, were stopped in Istanbul after allegedly trying to cross the border into Syria, officials said.

Turkey is working with authorities in Britain to arrange for extradition back to their native country this week.

Police were investigating two 17-year-old boys who had left their home in London and were believed to have left to join ISIS, reports the Mirror. The teenagers were traveling with a 19-year-old man, the newspaper reported.

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From left to right Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum remain missing after authorities believe they left their homes in East London and went to Syria to join ISIS.

The country has had multiple incidents of teenagers fleeing their homes to the Middle East to join the terrorist group. It is estimated at least 500 Britons have traveled to fight in Syria including 50 women.

Three girls, Shamim Begum and Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, left their East London homes last month and may have been spotted on surveillance footage at a bus station in Istanbul on Feb. 17.

Last week a pair of Australian brothers, who are 16 and 17 years old, were stopped at a Sydney airport March 6 and detained after officials said they believe they intended to fly to the Middle East and join the terrorist group.

With News Wire Services

jlandau@nydailynews.com


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