Honduras arrests five Syrians headed to the US with stolen passports
Honduran authorities have arrested five Syrians planning to make it to the United States with stolen Greek passports, triggering alarm Wednesday in the wake of the Paris attacks initiated by Syria-linked jihadists.
The Syrians were arrested on Tuesday as they flew into Toncontin airport serving the Honduran capital and failed to make it past airport security checks, a police spokesman, Anibal Baca, told reporters.
“Five Syrian citizens have been detained and will be taken to our offices to be investigated because it is suspected they are carrying false documents, passports stolen in Greece,” Baca said.
They had traveled by air from Syria to Lebanon, then to Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica and on to Honduras.
From there they were to make their way to Honduras’ second city of San Pedro Sula with the aim of going overland through Guatemala, and then Mexico and on to the United States, Baca told AFP.
The reasons for the Syrians’ trip were not instantly identified, and Honduran police were considering the possibility that they were refugees fleeing the war in Syria.
“We are not saying they are terrorists,” Baca said. “They are being investigated for using false passports. It could be they are fleeing war. That is being investigated.”
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