Zahera Tariq was arrested at Luton airport
A mother of four who was believed to have been planning to travel to Syria with her children has been arrested at Luton airport.
Zahera Tariq, 33, from Walthamstow in east London, was detained in Turkey along with her sons Muhammad, 12, Amaar, 11, Aadid, four and daughter Safiyyah, nine.
The Met police’s counter-terrorism command arrested her on suspicion of child abduction after she arrived at Luton airport on a flight from Istanbul on Thursday night.
Her four children with whom she was travelling were taken into police protection.
Tariq and her four children were reported missing to police from their home last week and were last seen on Tuesday August 25 boarding a flight to Amsterdam from London City Airport.
Officers who were concerned she was intending to travel to Syria with her children, issued a public appeal for information on their whereabouts over the weekend.
They discovered on Tuesday that the family had been detained in Turkey by Turkish authorities.
A Metropolitan police spokesman said their inquiries into the case continued. Scotland Yard said recently it believed that more than 40 women and girls had travelled from Britain to Syria in the past year.
Anyone who is concerned that a family member may be contemplating travelling to Syria should contact police and partners so that we can intervene and help. For further information and advice, visit the Prevent Tragedies website at http://www.preventtragedies.co.uk