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Police rubbish claims that men were recruiting for ISIS

This photo being circulated on Facebook shows Sergeant Ben Wiltshire from Miles Police conversing with three Muslim visitors. Sgt Wiltshire said it was
This photo being circulated on Facebook shows Sergeant Ben Wiltshire from Miles Police conversing with three Muslim visitors. Sgt Wiltshire said it was "disappointing" members of the community had jumped to conclusions about their motives. Photo: Facebook Facebook

THE officer in charge at Miles Police station has dismissed claims that Islamic extremists were travelling through Western Downs towns trying to recruit for ISIS.

Sergeant Ben Wiltshire said he met with a small group of Muslim men in Miles last week who had travelled to Chinchilla, Miles, and Roma from Sydney.

Some community members in Miles and Chinchilla aired concerns on social media that the men had malicious motives.

Sgt Wiltshire said he met with three of the men, including their leader, in Miles last week.

"What they were doing was providing support to local Muslim families who don't have places of worship to attend," Sgt Wiltshire explained.

"We don't have mosques in small towns and Muslim people don't have a large support network.

"These men are simply part of the Muslim faith and providing support to other people of their faith."

Sgt Wiltshire said it was "very disappointing" that locals were jumping to conclusions about the visitors.

"These people were not extremists and they were happy to speak with us and provide us with their identification.

"We don't have any objection to Christian groups coming through town doing the same thing so this should be no different.

"These people were certainly not extremists."

Sgt Wiltshire said there was "no truth" to the claim that the men were attempting to recruit local school students to Islam.

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