Honduras detains five Syrians heading for U.S. with stolen Greek passports: police

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Policemen escort five Syrian men after they were detained at Toncontin international airport in Tegucigalpa

Policemen escort five Syrian men after they were detained at Toncontin international airport in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, November 18, 2015. Honduran authorities have detained five Syrian nationals who were trying to reach the United States using stolen Greek passports, but there are no signs of any links to last week's attacks in Paris, police said. The Syrian men were held late on Tuesday in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa, on arrival from Costa Rica, and had been planning to head to the border with neighboring Guatemala. The passports had been doctored to replace the photographs with those of the Syrians, police said. REUTERS/Stringer EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE.

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran authorities have detained five Syrian nationals who were trying to reach the United States using stolen Greek passports, but there are no signs of any links to last week's attacks in Paris, police said.

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. The passports had been doctored to replace the photographs with those of the Syrians, police said.

(Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; Editing by Simon Gardner and Howard Goller)