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Councillor Shakil Ahmed's son made bid to enter Syria

By Neil Lancefield

One of the nine Britons detained in Turkey for allegedly trying to cross the border into Syria is the son of a Labour councillor, his father has confirmed.

Shakil Ahmed, who represents the Kingsway ward on Rochdale Borough Council, said he wanted his son Waheed to come home "as soon as possible so I can find out what's going on".

The group of five adults and four children, who are related, are being returned to the UK after they were stopped in Hatay province yesterday.

Greater Manchester Police said officers were trying to establish their reason for travelling to the Syrian border.

Mr Ahmed said among those detained were Waheed's aunt, Zadia Bi, two of Zadia's sons and one of the son's wives.

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