Honduras Detains 5 Syrians Over Fake Passports

Photo: Syrian Kurdish refugees cross into Turkey from Syria, near the town of Kobani. The war that erupted in Syria in 2011 has propelled it into becoming the world's single largest driver of displacement.

WASHINGTON — (CNN) Honduran police Wednesday said they detained five Syrian men who traveled with fake passports to the Central American country’s capital.

“These citizens will be taken away and will be investigated. We already have confirmation that they had passports that were stolen in Greece,” said Aníbal Baca, a spokesman for Honduras’ Police Investigation Unit.

“We suppose that they were going to illegally travel by land all the way to the United States,” Baca told reporters. He did not provide details on why police believe the group was planning to go to the United States but said that investigators would do more digging in the coming hours to confirm the group’s travel plans.

Greek authorities and Interpol were involved in Honduras detaining the men, Baca said. Before the men had arrived, they had traveled to Lebanon, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and Costa Rica, he said.

Baca didn’t specify why authorities had been tracking the men. They will be presented to prosecutors to be investigated on charges of falsification of documents, he said.

The arrests come amid increased international scrutiny of Syrian migrants amid concerns that one terrorist in last week’s Paris attacks may have used the sea of refugees flooding into Europe as a cover for his travel.

Earlier this week, authorities in St. Maarten detained three people who they said were of Syrian descent and were traveling with false Greek passports, according to information provided by St. Maarten authorities to U.S. law enforcement, a U.S. official said.

None of the detentions have been tied to terrorism. Many migrants with no ties to terrorism travel on false documents around the world.

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