ERBIL – The radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) has arrested some eight militants who were trying to desert the group and flee to Turkey, activists in the eastern Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor reported on Thursday.
“The militants were arrested in the northern countryside of Deir ez-Zor before escaping the province,” media activist Muhammad al-Shami told ARA News.
“After interrogations, the Islamic State discovered the suspects’ plan to leave the group and cross into Turkey,” al-Shami quoted an ISIS official as saying.
Five of the arrested militants were reportedly Moroccans and the three others were Tunisians who had joined the ranks of ISIS nearly one year ago.
The source reported a state of alert among ISIS militants in Deir ez-Zor following the incident.
“ISIS has closed all exists of Deir ez-Zor and imposed a curfew on the cities and towns of the province after receiving information about a similar attempt by another group of its militants,” al-Shammi told ARA News.
The ISIS-linked Sharia Court is expected to issue a decision regarding the arrestees next week, as the interrogations continue on the case.
Dozens of ISIS members had deserted the group and crossed into Turkey in the past few months. Most of them were foreign nationals who had lately recognized the brutality of the alleged caliphate towards Muslim citizens in Syrian and Iraq.
Reporting by: Sarbaz Yousef
Source: ARA News
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