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National Security Ministry yet to confirm 16-y-o J'can denied entry to Suriname was ISIS recruit

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2015 | 4:28 PM
National Security Minister Peter Bunting

Jamaica's national security ministry is yet to respond to reports that a 16-year-old national was refused entry to Suriname yesterday on suspicion that he was travelling to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

Efforts to reach National Security Minister Peter Bunting for a comment on the teenager's arrest was unsuccessful up to news time.

CANA News reported that immigration officers refused the 16-year-old passage at Johan Pengel Airport in the capital, Paramiribo, yesterday, when he arrived on a flight from Jamaica. Cops say the teenager had intended to travel to the Netherlands and from there to Turkey.

The arrest of the teenager follows a report by commander of the US Southern Command, General John Kelly, to the US Armed Services Committee that about 100 people from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname and Venezuela have joined ISIS.

However, Bunting had said General Kelly's report may have resulted from a misunderstanding at the time, as his prepared text made no mention of Jamaica.

At the time of General Kelly's report on March 12, the minister said the Government had received no information that Jamaicans were leaving the island to join ISIS. Bunting had also said the ministry was monitoring the emerging situation regarding the recruiting efforts of international terrorist groups and had found nothing to indicate that Jamaicans are involved.