Minister concerned about ISIS threat in Caribbean

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.


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