4 Australian women arrested with gun parts
FOUR Australian women have been detained while trying to board a plane in Syria, reportedly after gun parts were found inside a child's toy.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) said two women from Victoria and two from NSW were with two Iraqi women when they were detained at Damascus airport on Tuesday.
All six were of Iraqi origin, the department said.
A DFAT spokesman would not confirm media reports that the group was detained after a disassembled gun was found inside a toy being carried by a child with the women.
The ABC has quoted a Syrian police source and a diplomatic source as saying the women entered the airport in the Syrian capital with a child.
They said the women were detained after the gun parts were found in a toy the child was holding.
The women were reportedly trying to board a flight bound for Australia.
The DFAT spokesman said one of the Australian women was accompanied by her son.
"Consular officials from Cairo are seeking to confirm the reports and to provide consular assistance to the group," he said.
Syrian police were questioning the women, the ABC reported.
Posted by: Oztralian 2005-11-16