(Trinidad Guardian) Government has denounced “loose figures” and claims being made in articles — and from the Opposition — that “400” nationals are involved in terrorist activities overseas.
“There’s absolutely no correlation between that figure (400) and what our official tracking figures are and what we’re getting working along with international agencies,” Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young said yesterday.
Speaking during the post-Cabinet press briefing, Young said Government had seen an article last weekend and “one of the things we’re finding now is loose figures are being thrown out. For example there was a very loose figure thrown out by a Member of the Opposition - ‘400 fighters’ and ‘400 citizens’ gone abroad.
“Of course this then gets repeated in a news reel and news cycle. But we continue to debunk it. We are concerned as a Government (at the number) ,we’re not burying our heads in the sand. It’s something constantly on our monitor and is being dealt with on a daily basis.”