Three New Zealanders, including a woman allegedly a member of the Islamic State, were caught trying to enter Turkey illegally from Syria, according to Turkish officials.
New Zealanders were caught by border guards in the southern district of Reyhanli in Hatay province, on the border with Syria, Turkey’s defense ministry said in its official Twitter account.
“Three New Zealand citizens who tried to enter our country illegally from Syria were captured by our border guards,” the document said.
A 26-year-old woman named ‘SA’ “was identified as a DAESH (Islamic State) terrorist wanted with a ‘blue warning’,” the tweet said.
A blue Interpol notice is issued to collect additional information about a person’s identity, location or activities in relation to a crime.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that it was aware of the problem, but offered no further details on the matter.