Turkey detains 16 Indonesians trying to cross border into Syria

March 11, 2015 4:21 PM

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ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish authorities have detained 16 Indonesians from three families who were trying to cross into Syria, a Turkish foreign ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, a route frequently used by sympathizers of Islamic State militants.

"These 16 people -- three families -- are currently being held at a holding center ... and we have information that Indonesia's Ankara embassy is in touch with the group," spokesman Tanju Bilgic said in a statement.

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