(AA) – Three British teens who were allegedly bound for Syria to join Daesh were detained Saturday in a Turkish airport and sent back to the U.K, officials said Sunday.
Sources said that the three British teens had arrived at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul through Spain.
Turkish intelligence officers from the police department spotted the trio identified as Gafur H, Muhammed N. and Muhammed Abdulla H.
Scotland Yard issued a statement Sunday saying the three males were arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, and were in custody at a central London police station.
“On Friday, March 13, officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command were made aware that two 17-year-old boys from north-west London had gone missing and were believed to be travelling to Syria,” the statement said, adding that enquiries revealed that they had travelled with a third male aged 19.
Officers alerted the Turkish authorities, who were able to intercept all three males, preventing travel to Syria, it said, adding that enquiries continued.
The cooperation between the Turkish police and British police has intensified after three British girls Shamima Begum, 15, Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, went missing from East London in early February and reportedly arrived in Turkey to cross into Syria.
The Turkish police intelligence group has monitored more than a thousand people arriving in Turkey this year, and sent nearly half of them back to their countries.