200 suspected jihadis stopped from leaving Australia

2015-03-25 06:07
Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Militant Website, File)

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Canberra - Officials say counterterrorism squads have prevented 200 suspected jihadists from departing Australian airports for the Middle East including at least three teenage boys this month.

Officials had previously announced that two Sydney-born brothers, aged 16 and 17, were intercepted at Sydney International Airport on 8 March attempting to board a flight for Turkey without their parents' knowledge.

Border Protection Minister Peter Dutton said on Wednesday that a 17-year-old boy was intercepted at the same airport less than a week later on suspicion that he was headed for the Middle East.

Since counterterrorism units were attached to eight Australian airports in August, 85 000 travelers had been questioned and 200 people had been prevented from flying on suspicion that they were headed for the battlefields of Iraq and Syria.

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