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Austria detains 9 suspected of seeking to join Syrian terrorists
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Austria99.jpgNine people suspected of intending to join terrorists fighting the government in Syria have been arrested in Austria, Vienna prosecutors said Wednesday.
"We don't have more details yet," a spokeswoman said, according to Reuters. 
The Austria Press Agency had reported the nine people were being questioned and a decision on whether to place them in investigative custody was pending.
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry referred questions to Vienna prosecutors, whom he said had led the investigation and ordered the arrests.
APA cited the Interior Ministry as saying the nine suspects had asylum status in Austria.
Several people have been arrested in Europe in recent months amid fears that radical fighters returning from Syria could stage attacks on European soil. Authorities in Graz detained a preacher in June on suspicions he was radicalizing Muslims and recruiting them to fight in Syria.
About 100 people from Austria, home to roughly half a million Muslims representing about six percent of the total population, are estimated to have joined rebel forces fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad's government.
The insurgency is split between competing factions in Syria, with the militant Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) emerging as the most powerful.

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