Suspected ISIS Jihadis in Burqas Were Trying to Visit Secret Girlfriend: Cops

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Two men detained as suspected jihadis were wearing burqas because one was visiting a secret girlfriend, according to police in Turkey.

Authorities stopped the disguised pair in the southeastern town of Mardin, close to the Syrian border, where security has been increased in the wake of the rise of ISIS.

Officers noticed that one of the "women" was wearing men’s shoes, English-language news site Hurriyet cited the Doğan News Agency as reporting.

Investigators later discovered the suspects were wearing burqas in order to hide a love affair, Mardin governor’s office and the local police department told NBC News.

One of them men, identified only by the initials M.D., is married but had been secretly visiting a woman who belongs to a different tribe. His friend, Z.T., was acting as a watchman during the couple’s clandestine meeting.

The emergence of ISIS has raised social tension and security concerns in Turkey’s southeast where there are worries about the movement of jihadis across the Syrian border, Hurriyet reported.


- Aziz Akyavas and Alastair Jamieson