VOC News has learned that a young Muslim woman from Port Elizabeth was intercepted at the local airport on Saturday evening, while attempting to depart the country for Turkey to join the radical Islamic State group. According to Attorney Zehir Omar, the young woman was stopped by family members at P.E International Airport, after harboring plans to travel to Syria via Ankara, Turkey. The incident has allegedly not been reported to authorities, due to reluctance on the part of the family. Omar was also reluctant to divulge much information on the girl in question.
According to him, the family came to learn about the situation after interactions with the girl’s sister, who currently resides in Saudi Arabia. It has been claimed that the girl was persuaded to join the radical group following interactions with ISIS operatives via the internet. During these interactions she was allegedly made several promises, including that of marriage upon her arrival in Syria. However, information and proof of these claims remain limited.
Omar has claimed that this is the second such incident in which a local Muslim woman has attempted to join the controversial group.
“Earlier this year a women from the town of Bela Bela, went to and is currently in Syria, and her parents are now fighting for her return,” he suggested, adding that chances of such a return were remote, due to group’s harsh policies on those attempting to leave it’s self-styled ‘caliphate’.
Omar said it was imperative he come forward with the reports, so as to serve as a warning to the community against joining ISIS. He stressed that the ideologies shared by the group were not in any way to the benefit of Muslims around the globe.
And despite a global lack of information as to ISIS formation, Omar suggested the group were a product of the ruling ‘Saud family’ of Saudi Arabia, aimed at protecting its continued rule in the region.
“The continued operations of IS in the Middle East justifies the continued military presence of American forces in the Middle East. The reason for the retention of forces is to shift the balance of power in favor of NATO in the Middle East, and to reassure the Saud family that the risk of them being toppled is remote,” he suggested.
VOC News is still attempting to verify the claims. VOC (Mubeen Banderker)