Australian women detained in Syria: media

Date: 11-16-05

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Four Australian women have been detained in Syria after a dismantled hand gun was found inside a child's toy as they tried to board a plane in Damascus, Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) radio reported on Thursday.

Quoting a Syrian police source and diplomatic source, the ABC reported that the women of Iraqi origin were traveling to Australia via a stopover in the Persian Gulf and were accompanied by a young child.

"The authorities in Syria now, according to our sources, are concerned that they may have foiled a hijacking and they are looking into it to try and see what was behind it," ABC Middle East correspondent Matt Brown told ABC radio.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs said it was still trying to confirm the report so consular assistance could be provided to the group.



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