Pair of Latvian Muslims may have joined ISIS in Syria

Two Muslims from Latvia are being investigated by the Security Police (DP), which believes they may have traveled to Syria to fight inside the terrorist Islamic State’s (ISIS) so-called 'caliphate', the DP concluded in its annual report released Wednesday.

The DP states that Muslims from Latvia fighting in Syria pose a risk to national security upon their return, when they might just continue on with terrorist activities, or be active in radicalizing other Islamic converts here.

The report also points out the risk from persons seeking Latvian visas to enter the country from states where terrorism is widespread. Last year the DP refused such visas to 103 persons.

Moreover the DP also argues that asylum seekers could also be a potential risk to Latvia, as a substantial increase in requests for asylum in Latvia jumped last year to 352 from less than half as much – 162 seeking refuge in Latvia in 2013, most of these from Syria.

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