Cyprus Mail

Syrians arrested for smuggling double-cab vans to Turkey

IS jihadists sitting on Cyprus-registered double cabs

TWO Syrian nationals were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of smuggling double cabin vans, with media reports suggesting the two may have ties to Islamic extremists.

Under questioning, the two men, aged 46 and 39, admitted to smuggling vans into the occupied areas and exporting them from Kyrenia harbour.

Both – permanent residents of Cyprus – have reportedly denied being linked to Islamic groups.

According to the Cyprus News Agency (CNA), police believe Syria to have been the vans’ intended final destination, to be used by Islamic State militants there.

Authorities also suspect the men of having funnelled cash to terrorist groups, CNA reported.

The arrests were made following a joint sting operation by the Criminal Investigation Department, the Crime Prevention Unit and the Police Rapid Response Unit (MMAD).

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