When police officers approached the group of men, the group said they were on vacation in Istanbul.
But when the officers got in touch with the hotel they said they were staying at, the hotel denied the men were booked there.
The situation ramped up when officers found one of the men carrying a hand-drawn map of a route from Turkey to Germany via Greece, Serbia, and Hungary.
The group of eight were arrested, and officials believe they’re linked to terror group ISIS.
The Anadolu Agency said the group arrived in Istanbul from Morocco by plane, and were stopped by police at Ataturk Airport.
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The map sparked fears that the men were on the way to Germany to try to carry out a Paris-style terror attack.
And the arrests came soon after an ISIS terrorist bragged about how easy it is for jihadists to slip into countries posing as refugees.
The Syrian operative claimed more than 4,000 covert ISIS gunmen had made it into western nations, hidden among innocent refugees, according to the Express.
“He said extremists are taking advantage of developed nations’ generosity towards refugees to infiltrate Europe.”
Millions of refugees from Syria have fled the country and moved into others, primarily Turkey but also across the world including many European nations and America.
“They are going like refugees. It’s our dream that there should be a caliphate not only in Syria but in all the world,” he said.
And the terror group also released a new video on Nov. 18, threatening more massacres in Europe, noted the Express.
The men arrested at the airport are being questioned by police.
The situation also comes as officials in the U.S. work toward pausing the Syrian resettlement program, despite claims from President Barack Obama that the refugees are being vetted thoroughly.