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Swede arrested in Turkey for ISIS links

Published torsdag 31 december 2015 kl 14.23
Islamic State militants pass by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria. File Photo: AP.
Islamic State militants pass by a convoy in Tel Abyad, northeast Syria. File Photo: AP.

A 20-year-old Swedish citizen was arrested in August by Turkish authorities and has been held in custody there due to his alleged links to the Islamic State terror group.

Swedish Radio reports that Turkish authorities have accused the man of being involved with IS since his now deceased father was listed as an al-Qaeda leader in Iraq.

The man was arrested in August at the Turkish border with Syria. Speaking with newspaper Dagen Nyheter, the man denied any wrongdoing and said that he traveled to Syria to pick up his younger brother to bring him back to Sweden.

“I am completely innocent,” he told the newspaper. “I travelled through Syria to Iraq to pick up my little brother to take him to Sweden. As I entered Turkey, I surrendered myself to the border police. They suspected me of having fought with the IS, but not all Muslims are terrorists.” 

Sweden's Foreign Ministry has confirms that a Swedish man in his 20's is being held in Turkey "for some time" and that the Swedish Consulate General in Istanbul is following the case.

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