- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Police arrested three men carrying fake Greek passports who tried to enter the French and Dutch island of St. Maarten in the Caribbean on Saturday.

The men, believed to be Syrian nationals, arrived at the Princess Juliana International Airport on the Dutch side of the island about 7:30 a.m. on an Insel Air Flight out of Haiti, Times Caribbean Online reported.

Airport immigration officers suspected that the suspects’ travel documents were false. They detained men were turned over the the “back office” at the airport, where authorities confirmed that their Greek passports were fake. The suspects remained in custody pending further investigation.

Authorities urged personnel manning critical infrastructure on the island to heighten their security measure and remain on alert for suspicious activities or persons.

The arrests came just a day after 129 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a series of shootings and suicide bombings in Paris on Nov. 13. At least two of the attackers were confirmed to be Syrian migrates who entered Europe through Greece among refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war.

Police in St. Maarten warned the community to remain vigilant and proceed with caution following the Paris attacks.

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