Kyrgyz family stopped at Turkish border in attempt to cross to Syria

Four adult women and a four-year-old girl from Kyrgyzstan tried to reach Syria's warzone

Four adult women and a four-year-old girl from Kyrgyzstan have been stopped at the Turkish-Syrian border in an attempt to cross to Syria and reach the warzone in that country, a source with Kyrgyz law enforcement agencies told Interfax on Dec. 5.

All these people come from the Jalal-Abad region in southern Kyrgyzstan and belong to the same family, the source said.

"Law enforcement agencies received a report that a 55-year-old woman, taking three daughters aged 23, 22, and 20 and a four-year-old granddaughter with her, left for Syria. We didn't manage to intercept them at our border, and the women were detained owing to assistance from our Turkish counterparts," he said.

The women left Kyrgyzstan with fake documents, which prevented law enforcement agencies from stopping them at home, the source said. The women first planned to travel to Syria via Moscow and Turkey, "but something went wrong, they returned to Bishkek and then left via Kazakhstan," he said.

"Owing to coordinated interaction with our Turkish partners, we managed to intercept them at the Turkish-Syrian border," the source said.

Preliminary findings indicate that the women left for Syria to rejoin with a family member, i.e. the husband of the 55-year-old woman and the father of her three daughters, who is in Syria now, where he had traveled after the couple's son had been killed there in combat actions. The source said that, while one of the young women is married, she still left for Syria with her small daughter without notifying her husband.

Law enforcement agencies have kept the family under surveillance for a long time but still failed to detain them, the source said. "All the detainees are already in Kyrgyzstan. A criminal case will be opened to investigate all circumstances of their departure," he said.




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