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Four held at Manchester airport after Syria border visit

Four people have been arrested at Manchester airport on suspicion of terrorism Credit: PA

Four people have been arrested at Manchester airport on suspicion of terrorism.

The arrests come after nine people were stopped by the Turkish authorities on the Syria border earlier this month, Greater Manchester Police said.

Those arrested this morning are aged between 22 and 47. Their arrests follow those of two men, aged 21 and 31, yesterday.

Officers are working to establish their reason for travel and apparent attempted entry into Syria, Greater Manchester Police said.

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Report: Waheed Ahmed flown back from Turkey

A Labour councillor's son who was detained in Turkey on suspicion of trying to enter Syria illegally is being flown back to the UK, it has been claimed. Waheed Ahmed, from Rochdale, Greater Manchester, and eight of his relatives were stopped by Turkish authorities as they allegedly tried to cross the border into the war-torn country on April 1.

Waheed Ahmed was arrested for allegedly trying to cross into Syria. Credit: ITV News

Simon Danczuk, who is defending the Rochdale seat for Labour in the General Election, said he been told by the Foreign Office that Ahmed was due to arrive into Birmingham Airport today.

The Foreign Office said it did not comment on individual cases. Mr Danczuk could not confirm when the remaining eight Britons would return to the UK.

Video: Sending children into a war-zone is 'despicable'

One of the nine Britons detained in Turkey for allegedly trying to cross the border into Syria is Waheed Ahmed the son of Shakil Ahmed, who represents the Kingsway ward on Rochdale Borough Council.

Waheed was part of a group of five adults and four children, who are related,that are being returned to the UK after they were stopped in Hatay province on Wednesday.

Mohammed Shafiq from the Ramahdan Foundation said it was 'despicable' that children as young as one were going to be taken into a war-zone.

He also said that Waheed's father was a descent law abiding member of the community:

Councillor says he is 'shocked and worried' at son's arrest

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Shakil Ahmed, who represents the Kingsway ward on Rochdale Borough Council, said that among those detained were his son Waheed's aunt, Zadia Bi, two of Zadia's sons and one of the son's wives.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Mr Ahmed said he thought the group were on holiday and that the next thing he knew was that they had been arrested.

Mr Ahmed earlier said in a statement that he thought his son was on a work placement in Birmingham.

I was shocked, worried and extremely upset to hear that my son has been arrested on the Turkey-Syria border. It's a total mystery to me why he's there, as I was under the impression he was on a work placement in Birmingham.

My son is a good Muslim and his loyalties belong to Britain, so I don't understand what he's doing there. If I thought for a second that he was in danger of being radicalised, I would have reported him to the authorities.

– Shakil Ahmed, Labour Councillor for Rochdale

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said officers were trying to establish their reason for travelling to the Syrian border.

The group includes two women aged 47 and 22, three men aged 24, 22 and 21, and four children aged one, three, eight and 11, GMP said.

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Police search Councillor's house as son is detained in Turkey

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Police are searching the house of Rochdale Labour Councillor Shakil Ahmed after his son Waheed is being held in Turkey for trying to cross the border into Syria.

Waheed Ahmed was part of a group of five adults and four children, who are related, that are being returned to the UK after they were stopped in Hatay province on Wednesday.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said officers were trying to establish their reason for travelling to the Syrian border.

Salford cabbie is 'local hero in our thoughts and prayers.' Message from Greater Manchester Mosques

Hostage Alan Henning called 'local hero' in statement from Mosques

Mosques throughout Greater Manchester are delivering a joint message calling for the release of the man they're calling their 'local hero' Alan Henning, the Salford taxi driver, being held by Islamic State.

Alan who's 47 was kidnapped in December while he was delivering aid in Syria.

Earlier this week more than 150 people attended a vigil in Bolton appealing for his safe return.

The message to be read at Friday prayers says Mr Henning is a local hero and appeals to those holding him to have understanding, compassion and mercy.

The joint statement is signed by a number of Mosques and groups in Greater Manchester.

‘We believe it is important to appeal for the release of a courageous humanitarian Alan Henning and for his family to know they are in our thoughts and prayers.’’

– Qadir Ahmad Chohan Welfare officer Manchester Central Mosque

‘It is important for a clear message to be sent to those holding Alan Henning that he is our local hero who as a sincere and caring humanitarian went to the region to help the Syrian people in their hour of need. We want the family to know that Alan Henning is in our thoughts and we pray for his safe and speedy return.’

– Imam Assim Manchester Central Mosque will read out statement at Friday prayers
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