The U.S. warned Mexican authorities about three ISIS-connected terror suspects believed to have been migrating north from Panama, and the suspects have now reportedly been detained, Breitbart News reported.
Ahamed Ghanim Mohamed Al Juburi of Iraq and Ibrahim Mohamed and Mohamed Eissa of Egypt are believed to have entered Panama last month and passed through Costa Rica just a few weeks ago, potentially on the way to Mexico and possibly the United States.
Breitbart News obtained documentation showing that U.S. Homeland Security alerted Mexico about these three suspects on June 21, with the intention of gaining cooperation of any and all Mexican agencies to apprehend them.
Reuters reported that Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told reporters that he and his security cabinet have received and are acting on information that three members of ISIS may be in or traveling to Mexico.
Costa Rican Immigration Police Chief Steve Madden told the newspaper Columbia that the three men were detained in Nicaragua and denied permission to enter the country. They will reportedly be sent back to Costa Rica where they will be detained and handled by international authorities.
Mexican Public Security Secretary Alfonso Durazo characterized the alert from the U.S. as “common.”
“It is a memo from U.S. security agencies, and it is common to receive such alerts,” Durazo said. “It does not necessarily mean that the people were pretending to enter (Mexico) … and of course in the eventuality that they tried to enter the country they would be detained under this alert.”
Mexico, as part of its cooperation with the United States to curb migration and illegal immigration into the United States, has deployed National Guard troops to its own southern border to decrease the flow of individual migrants, families and caravans that have been traveling to the U.S. border to seek asylum.