Couple returning from Syria are arrested at Schiphol airport

A 33-year-old woman from Ede and a 30-year-old man from Amsterdam have been arrested at Schiphol airport on their return from Syria and Iraq where they are suspected of taking part in terrorism.

The two were escorted back from Turkey by military police on Friday after an international arrest warrant had been issued for them, the public prosecution department said. They had crossed into Turkey independently of each other.

The department says the woman had twice been to the conflict region, in 2014 and then again in 2015. The man is said to have left the Netherlands in 2013 to take part in the armed conflict.

The woman was remanded in custody for two weeks by magistrates in Rotterdam on Tuesday. The man will appear in court on Friday.

The Dutch security service AIVD says some 280 Dutch jihadis are known to have gone to Iraq and Syria and around 50 have returned home.

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