LONDON — British police are investigating today whether a British man and woman arrested Tuesday on suspicion of supporting terrorism offenses in Syria were part of a group that held two veteran war journalists hostage in Syria in July.
The abduction of photographers John Cantlie and Jeroen Oerlemans highlighted concerns that British Muslims might be slipping into Syria to join extremists. Both said after their week-long ordeal that some of their captors spoke with British accents.
Oerlemans, a prominent Dutch photographer who was shot twice during a failed escape attempt, said today that the ages of the two suspects were consistent with the ages of the people who held him hostage shortly after he entered Syria on July 19.
Police would not comment on British press reports that one of the suspects may be a British National Health Service doctor believed to have been involved with a terror cell inside Syria.