A Chechen man and his wife travelling with their child has been arrested in Austria for allegedly training with Islamic State (Isis) fighters in Syria, according to local reports.
The 20-year-old Chechen salafi man and his 33-year-old partner from Iraq, were caught by police on a train headed for Germany before the border, at a station between Rosenbach and Villach.
An eight-year-old child travelling with them was handed over to childcare authorities. State prosecutor spokesman Markus Kitz told AP an extradition hearing is scheduled for next week.
According to reports, the couple was originally from Germany but trained in an IS camp in Syria’s Raqqa and wanted to return to their country to commit a terrorist attack. An European arrest warrant had been issued by the District Court of Munich.
Police reportedly found €4,000 (£3,168) cash in the man’s luggage.
The Chechen man had allegedly appeared in an IS video from Syria, calling for fellow Muslims to kill the kuffar (unbelievers) and join the jihadist movement…
(Photo: A still image taken from video provided by the US Central Command shows a damaged building at an Islamic State (IS) compound near the northern Syrian town of Raqqa, following an air strike. Reuters)