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Turkish court releases 12 Egyptians arrested on charges of joining ISIS

The Egyptian FM said in a statement that three among the 12 Egyptians arrested in Turkey are minors

Ahram Online , Tuesday 12 Jan 2016
Ahmed Abu Zeid
Egypt's ministry of foreign affairs spokesperson Ahmed Abu Zeid (Photo:Ministry of foreign affairs)
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Egypt's foreign ministry announced on Tuesday the release of 12 Egyptians arrested in Turkey on charges of joining the ISIS militant group.

The 12 Egyptians had been arrested in Adana province, according to Egypt's consul in Istanbul Bassam Rady, who confirmed on Monday that the Turkish authorities had arrested them for allegedly joining ISIS.

Three minors were among those arrested, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry statement.

The assistant to the foreign minister for consular affairs and Egyptians abroad said that the Turkish court decided to release all the Egyptian citizens and refer them to the Office of Foreigners and Immigration to deport them to Egypt.

Foreign ISIS recruits often cross Turkish borders to join the militant group in Syria and Iraq.

Ties between Egypt and Turkey have been tense since the 2013 ouster of Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, a close ally of Turkey.

On Tuesday, Turkey witnessed a terrorist bombing that rocked Istanbul, killing 10 people and wounding 15 others in the city's main tourist hub Sultanahmet.

In an official statement made later in the day, Egypt condemned the terrorist attack despite the tensions between the two countries. 

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