Two Dutch children have been abducted by their mother and taken to the ISIL-held city of Raqqa in Syria, Dutch prosecutors confirmed Monday. It is the first such case reported in the Netherlands, a country which has seen dozens of other would-be fighters head to conflict zones in Syria and Iraq to join forces with the armed group.
The 32-year-old woman, a native of Chechnya, who has not been named by Dutch media, took the boy and girl, aged 7 and 8, from their hometown of Maastricht in the Netherlands in October. Dutch police immediately emitted a national alert and an international arrest warrant, public broadcaster NOS reported.
But the mother managed to reach Syrian territory controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group. According to Dutch prosecutors, the woman had arranged for false passports for her and her children, Luca and Aysha.
Prosecutors suspect that the woman received help from others to travel because she managed to dodge the warrant. Three other people left Maastricht for Syria last year, and the police are investigating the possible presence of a professional network in the city that recruits people to travel to the war zone, according to Dutch media.
(h/t Gateway Pundit)