Four suspected ISIS jihadists are arrested in Nicaragua after they have entered the country illegally, amid fears that they would migrate to the US border
- Four men with suspected ties to ISIS were arrested in Nicaragua on Tuesday
- The men were arrested by Nicaraguan military soldiers after a warning spread throughout the United States
- American officials feared that the men would travel to Mexico and go to the border
- The authorities arrested Mohamed Ibrahim and Mahmoud Samy Eissa, both Egyptian citizens
- Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed Al Jubury and Mustafa Ali Mohamed Yaoob were also detained
- The group arrived in Panama on May 12 and entered Costa Rica on June 9
- The men are being held in an immigration center in Costa Rica after they were turned over by Nicaragua on Tuesday and had to deal with deportation
Four suspected ISIS jihadists were arrested in Nicaragua early this week after they illegally entered the country via Panama and Costa Rica.
The United States government issued a warning on Monday after three men with IS ties were thought to be in the Central American state amid fears that they would move to the US border.
American authorities believed the group was planning to sneak into Mexico.
They were arrested on Tuesday morning with a fourth man.
Egyptian citizens Mohamed Ibrahim, 33, and Mahmoud Samy Eissa 26, along with Iraqi Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed Al Jubury, 41 and Mustafa Ali Mohamed Yaoob, 29, were all detained in Cardenas, a city in the state of Rivas.
The alleged jihadists crossed a deserted passage known as La Guasimada, located between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, according to Nicaragua outlet La Nacion.
Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed Al Jubury (left), Mohamed Ibrahim (center) and Mahmoud Samy Eissa (right) appeared in a warning issued by the United States on Monday
They were handed over to the Costa Rican authorities on Tuesday night and taken to a detention center in Los Lagos de Heredia.
Costa Rica officials are currently investigating the men and are likely to deport them to their respective countries.
Ibrahim, Al Jubury and Yaoob were first discovered by Panama & # 39; s immigration system on May 12 and spent almost a month before arriving in Costa Rica. It is unknown when and how they entered Panama.
The four men who were arrested Tuesday by the Nicaragua army allegedly had plans to travel to Mexico with the intention of sneaking into the United States
The Costa Rican Ministry of Security was informed on 9 June of the presence of the three men in the country.
Yaoob was discovered in Costa Rica on June 13.
The police, however, consulted its database and discovered that the men were not in any danger.
& # 39; We were warned in mid-June with details that presented them as dangerous. The Migration Police followed the security protocol and we passed the information to the US embassy and the information was excluded, ”said Steven Madden, migration police director, according to Costa Rican outlet La Prensa Libre.
Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado supported the assessment of his immigration officials and said that the information provided by the US was thoroughly checked.
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