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Cyprus Arrests Austrian Man Suspected of Terrorism Links

NICOSIA — Cyprus’ Justice Minister says authorities have arrested a 28-year-old Austrian man on suspicion of having links to terrorist organizations.

Ionas Nicolaou told the Associated Press Aug. 5 that Cypriot authorities received a tip-off from Poland’s Interpol that the man was seeking to come to Cyprus after Polish authorities deported him.

The Muslim convert was arrested Aug. 4 as he tried to cross from the divided island’s breakaway Turkish Cypriot north into the internationally recognized, Greek Cypriot south. He had flown into the country from Constantinople.

The man was on a watch list of individuals known to have been radicalized. He told police he wanted to come to Cyprus to pray at a mosque where it’s said the Prophet Mohammed’s aunt is buried.

Nicolaou said the man will be deported to Austria.

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