According to prosecutors for the Hague, a Chechen woman residing in the Netherlands has absconded with her two young children to join the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, AFP reported on Monday.
The woman, who remains unidentified, but is known to be a 32 year old refugee from the breakaway Caucasian Republic of Chechnya, initially took her children, an 8 year old boy and a girl aged seven, against the will of her husband, to Belgium and from there arrived in Athens last November before reportedly traveling to Syria.
“She is most likely in Syria now. We are probing a kidnapping case,” said public prosecution spokeswoman Elsbeth Kleikbeuker to AFP, adding that a request for an international detention order had been issued for the woman and her children.
According to a Dutch newspaper, the suspected woman was last seen by surveillance cameras withdrawing cash from a machine in Istanbul, the Turkish metropolis which has become a major station for westerners seeking to join the Islamic State operating across the border, to the south in Syria.
On December 28 photographs surfaced on Facebook showing the woman in what is believed to be Tel Abiad, a Syrian-Turkish border town.
One month later, the woman made a phone call to her mother who resides in the Dutch city of Maastricht, informing her that she has reached Raqqa, a city in Syria's East which has been become a stronghold for the Islamic State group.