‘Lovers in burqas’ arrested in Turkey amid suspicions

Hurryiet Daily News said the men had resorted to the deception because their parents disapproved of their relationships. (Photo courtesy: Dogan News Agency)

In an effort to reach a romantic rendezvous without being identified, two Turkish men clad in burqas were arrested on suspicion of links to an extremist organization, local media reported.

“The two men were dressed up in burqas with the aim of disguising themselves as women to meet with their girlfriends. It has been understood that the issue was only related to their love affairs,” a police official in Mardin told Reuters news agency.

The romantic hopefuls were seized in the Mardin province near the Syrian border after people became suspicious of the pair, who wore full women’s garments which cover the whole body except for the eyes.

Hurryiet Daily News said the men had resorted to the deception because their parents disapproved of their relationships.

Turkish authorities have in recent months tightened security along the border with Syria after facing criticism at home and abroad for failing to halt the flow of foreign fighters joining radical Islamist groups including Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

[With Reuters]

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45
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