Police in Honduras have detained five Syrian nationals who were headed to the United States with stolen Greek passports in their possession Wednesday.
The Syrians were trying to reach the U.S. through Mexico, according to Fox News. Police said there is no indication the men are connected to the Paris terror attacks.
“The group of Syrian men was held late on Tuesday in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa on arrival from Costa Rica and they were planning to head to the border with neighboring Guatemala,” Fox reported. “The passports had been doctored to replace the photographs with those of the Syrians, police said.”
The five are still in police custody. Law-enforcement officials say they are “on alert” and prepared to respond to any suspicious activity.
“We received information from (fellow) police services that these five Syrians left Greece and passed through Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and San Jose in Costa Rica before finally reaching Tegucigalpa,” Anibal Baca, spokesman for Honduras’ police told Reuters. “They are normal Syrians.”
FORO-TV released the following photo of the Syrians Tuesday: