National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has said that he will be looking closely at reports that nine Trinidad and Tobago nationals allegedly tried to join the terrorist group – ISIS.
The men were reported to have been nabbed by Turkish officials in Adana, while travelling in a truck on July 27, and were to be deported to Trinidad and Tobago.
The truck was stopped by police acting on a tip-off that “foreigners” were said to be en route to join the terrorist organisation active in Syria and Iraq.
“This is something that we have to take very seriously – when we talked about the deportees, these are the sorts of things that can be problematic for us,” National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, told reporters here today.
He promised that a statement will be forthcoming later.
The minister agreed that the issue of Caribbean nationals joining ISIS represents a security threat to the entire region.
“I think that the ministers of National Security will be meeting in Trinidad early in September and I think that is one of the topics that we will discuss,” Francis disclosed.