MANAGUA – Nicaragua’s armed forces arrested on Tuesday two Egyptians and two Iraqi citizens suspected of allegiance to the Islamic State terror organization.
Three of them were being sought by neighboring countries, as they were thought to have been planning to go to the United States, the Nicaraguan police said in a press release.
The alleged IS members “entered illegally from the Republic of Costa Rica through an unauthorized border point,” according to the official statement.
Egyptians Mohamed Ibrahim, 33, and Mahmoud Samy Eissa, 26, as well as Iraqis Ahmed Ghanim Mohamed al-Jubury, 41, and Mustafa Ali Mohamed Yaoob, 29, were arrested near the southern border of Nicaragua.
According to the Nicaraguan police, upon being detained and interrogated, the four men showed their temporary transit permits issued by immigration authorities in Costa Rica.
The suspects were handed over to the interior ministry’s directorate general of immigration and were set to be deported back to Costa Rica through the Peñas Blancas border point, the statement added.
Both Costa Rican and Mexican authorities had warned of the possible presence of three alleged members of the IS in Nicaragua on Tuesday.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had informed earlier that an alert warning about the presence of suspected IS members had been issued by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Al Jabury and the two Egyptians were all named in the alert. However, Nicaragua reported the arrest of a second Iraqi citizen, Mohamed Yaoob, as well.