Alleged ISIS Extremist Among 3 New Zealanders Caught by Turkish Forces

February 16, 2021 Updated: February 16, 2021

WELLINGTON—Three New Zealanders, including a woman alleged to be a member of ISIS, have been caught trying to enter Turkey illegally from Syria, Turkish authorities said on Monday.

The New Zealand nationals were caught by border guards in the Reyhanlı district in the southern province of Hatay, bordering war-torn Syria, Turkey’s Ministry of National Defence said on its official Twitter account.

“Three New Zealand nationals trying to enter our country illegally from Syria were caught by our border guards,” it said in a tweet.

A 26-year-old woman named ‘S.A.’ who was among those caught “was identified as a DAESH (ISIS) terrorist wanted with a ‘blue notice’,” the tweet said.

An Interpol blue notice is issued to collect additional information about a person’s identity, location, or activities in relation to a crime.

New Zealand’s foreign ministry confirmed it was aware of the issue.

By Praveen Menon