Sydney: Four brothers from the western Sydney are believed to have travelled to Syria to join Islamic State militants in their fight, as per reports on Saturday.
Last week, the siblings–aged 17, 23, 25 and 28–lied to their parents that they were flying to Thailand. However, they flew to Syria via Turkey to join ISIS. The family raised the alarm after they failed to contact home, the reports stated.
A spokesman for Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirmed today that they left Australia last Saturday and said that the men did nothing to raise suspicions of authorities.
He also called the young men "clean skins" who had been "stolen by a cult". Morrison is expected to address the media later today.
The Australian Federal Police has revealed that a number of Australians "not on anyone's radar" have managed to slip out of the country in the past few days to join the jihadist group.