A suspected supporter of the terrorist militia Islamic State (IS) has been arrested in Hamburg. The woman was born with the children Turkey deported to Germany. According to the attorney general in Hamburg, the 30-year-old was arrested late Wednesday evening after arriving at the airport in the Hanseatic city. She is said to have gone to Syria in 2013 and lived with two IS fighters one after the other. Among other things, she is accused of membership in a terrorist group.
Her two children, aged two and four, were taken into state custody by the responsible youth authorities.
According to the investigators, there was an arrest warrant for the woman filed by the Federal Prosecutor's Office in Karlsruhe at the Federal Court of Justice. The case is now being dealt with by the Hamburg judiciary. The alleged IS supporter came into custody.
According to the investigators, the 30-year-old was in September 2013 Syria traveled and lived there with her then husband, who was a trained IS fighter. After he was killed in 2014, she lived in an IS women's shelter and then married another IS fighter in 2016.
At the end of 2017, she was captured by Kurdish militias while trying to cross the border from Syria to Turkey and interned in a camp. From there she managed to flee to Turkey around October where the authorities picked her up and deported her. Details of the past few months are unclear, according to the prosecutor.
The Turkish authorities have been sending suspected foreign IS supporters back to their home countries for some time. Suspected jihadists have already arrived in Germany several times, some with their families.
According to the Attorney General's Office, the 30-year-old from Hamburg is charged with having enabled her husbands to take part in IS fights and crimes through her role in the household.
The United Nations called on Thursday to bring the children of IS jihadists who are stuck in Syria to their home countries. Around 28,000 of them are in extremely precarious positions in camps within the civil war country, according to a report by Syria experts. It is believed that several thousand more even lived in prisons, where they were housed with imprisoned parents.