Honduran authorities have detained five Syrian nationals headed to the United States, Reuters reported Wednesday afternoon. The Syrians were allegedly using stolen Greek passports. Police said there were no signs of a connection to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday.
One of the suspects in the Paris attacks was believed to have entered Europe amid the current wave of Syrian refugees. In response, a number of U.S. governors have pointed to the terror attacks as a reason to refuse Syrian refugees from entering the country.
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The Syrian men were held late on Tuesday in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, on arrival from Costa Rica, according to Reuters, and were planning to head to Guatemala. The passports had been modified to feature pictures of the Syrians, police said.
The U.S. State Department said it had not heard about the Syrians being detained and couldn't comment.