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Official: Turkey arrests British couple with 4 children suspected of heading to Syria

  • In this photo provided by the Turkish government Monday, April 20, 2015, members of a British family arrested by Turkish authorities are seen in Ankara. Turkish police on Monday arrested a missing British couple with four children believed to have left England for Syria to join the Islamic State group, an official said. Asif Malik and his partner, Sara Kiran, were arrested in a hotel in Ankara and their four children were also taken into custody, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of Turkish rules requiring prior authorization for comment. The family is expected to be deported. The children are between 12 months and 7 years old. British authorities had said that there was no suggestion the family was doing any fighting in Syria, and it was unclear whether they were sympathetic to members of the Islamic State group or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Turkish Government via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Turkish government Monday, April 20, 2015, members of a British family arrested by Turkish authorities are seen in Ankara. Turkish police on Monday arrested a missing British couple with four children believed to have left England for Syria to join the Islamic State group, an official said. Asif Malik and his partner, Sara Kiran, were arrested in a hotel in Ankara and their four children were also taken into custody, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of Turkish rules requiring prior authorization for comment. The family is expected to be deported. The children are between 12 months and 7 years old. British authorities had said that there was no suggestion the family was doing any fighting in Syria, and it was unclear whether they were sympathetic to members of the Islamic State group or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Turkish Government via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo provided by the Turkish government Monday, April 20, 2015, members of a British family arrested by Turkish authorities are seen in Ankara. Turkish police on Monday arrested a missing British couple with four children believed to have left England for Syria to join the Islamic State group, an official said. Asif Malik and his partner, Sara Kiran, were arrested in a hotel in Ankara and their four children were also taken into custody, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of Turkish rules requiring prior authorization for comment. The family is expected to be deported. The children are between 12 months and 7 years old. British authorities had said that there was no suggestion the family was doing any fighting in Syria, and it was unclear whether they were sympathetic to members of the Islamic State group or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Turkish Government via AP)

    In this photo provided by the Turkish government Monday, April 20, 2015, members of a British family arrested by Turkish authorities are seen in Ankara. Turkish police on Monday arrested a missing British couple with four children believed to have left England for Syria to join the Islamic State group, an official said. Asif Malik and his partner, Sara Kiran, were arrested in a hotel in Ankara and their four children were also taken into custody, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of Turkish rules requiring prior authorization for comment. The family is expected to be deported. The children are between 12 months and 7 years old. British authorities had said that there was no suggestion the family was doing any fighting in Syria, and it was unclear whether they were sympathetic to members of the Islamic State group or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Turkish Government via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Turkish official says that police have arrested a missing British couple with four children believed to have left England for Syria.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of Turkish rules requiring prior authorization for comment, say that Asif Malik and his partner, Sara Kiran, were arrested in Ankara on Monday and their four children, were also taken into custody.

The children range in age from 12 months to 7 years old. On Sunday, British police appealed for information about the family who haven't been in England since early April.

British authorities had said that there was no suggestion the family was doing any fighting in Syria, and it was unclear whether they were sympathetic to members of the Islamic State group or Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.