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2 Pakistanis, Syrian, Possibly US-bound, Arrested in Honduras

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Police in Tegucicalpa escort one of five Syrians ordered jailed after they were found to have used stolen Greek passports to enter Honduras, Nov. 20, 2015.

Police in Tegucicalpa escort one of five Syrians ordered jailed after they were found to have used stolen Greek passports to enter Honduras, Nov. 20, 2015.

Police in southern Honduras arrested two Pakistani men and a Syrian woman Saturday, accusing them of being in the country illegally and possibly trying to get to the United States.

Police picked up the three in Choluteca state, near the Nicaraguan border.

Officials said they did not have the proper documents to be in Honduras and were taken to an immigration office for questioning.

The arrests came a day after a Honduran judge ordered five Syrians jailed after they were found to have used stolen Greek passports to enter the county. They will remain behind bars while an investigation continues.

Officials alleged that the five Syrians also were planning to get to the United States. There was no immediate indication that they had ties to terrorism.

One report said the five were trying to escape the war in Syria and were seeking refugee status in Honduras.

They were arrested Tuesday at Toncontin Airport in Tegucigalpa.

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