Four people arrested in Dublin on suspicion of funding Islamist terrorism
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Four people arrested in Dublin on suspicion of funding Islamist terrorism

FOUR people have been arrested in Dublin in connection with the suspected funding of Islamist terrorist groups in Syria.

The suspects, all from the same family, were arrested this morning as part of an ongoing investigation by the Special Detective Unit, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau and Security and Intelligence into international terrorist financing.

A series of six raids were carried out across the capital and a number of documents and electronic equipment were seized along with €4,500 in cash.

Those arrested include a man aged in his 40s and three women, one in her 30s, one in her 40s and one in her 60s.

In a statement, a Garda spokesperson said: "Four persons were arrested for suspected terrorist financing contrary to Section 13 of the Criminal Justice (Terrorist Offences) Act, 2005 and are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984 at Dublin Garda Stations.

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"The investigation is ongoing."

Detectives believe the arrested family members were sending funds via a bank to militants in Syria who are suspected of being affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group.

The identities of the suspects, as well as the precise locations where they were arrested, have not yet been revealed by investigators.