Australian Federal Police Not In A Position To Assist Jihadists And Their Families

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has defended its position on assisting Australians who travel abroad to fight in terrorist sects after allegations they refused to help the wife and children of notorious militant Khaled Sharrouf.

In a statement, an AFP spokeswoman said she could not comment on individual cases, but said the agency had no power to help Australians who travelled to Syria to fight for Islamic State.

“However, it should be noted that the AFP does not operate in Syria as it is an active and dangerous conflict zone, in which Australia has no consular presence,” the statement read.

“As such, the AFP is not in a position to provide assistance to Australians who choose to enter this area and seek assistance with their travel from Syria to a safer location.”

She said the AFP and the Government had repeatedly warned Australians against travelling to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria.

“Those who do so are fully aware of the risks and simply put themselves and others in danger,” she said.


Read more in ABC News.

Source: www.abc.net.au


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