‘Isis bride’ Suhayra Aden arrives in New Zealand

Former Isis bride Suhayra Aden and her two children arrived in New Zealand this morning, the Herald understands.

It is understood Aden was accompanied by police.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced last month that Aden and her children would return to New Zealand from Turkey, where they have been held by authorities since crossing the border from Syria.

Asked about Aden’s return at today’s 1pm Covid-19 media update, Ardern said she would not be commenting publicly on the case for “a range of reasons, not least security reasons”.

Asked if Aden would be mixed in with other MIQ guests, Ardern said they were maintaining all the usual quarantine procedures.

“I think the most important point for me to make is we are undertaking all of the usual Covid-19 related protocols for someone who has come in from a country that has Covid in circulation. That is essentially anywhere in the world at the moment so we will follow those same protocols.”

Asked what assurances the PM could give to the public about their safety, she said authorities have “used every level we have” to make sure there is little risk to New Zealanders.

“I would give the same reassurance that I have all the way through, that while we have obligations given that this individual we are talking about is a New Zealand citizen, and of course the status of their children, we have still undertaken all of the usual steps that you would expect us to keep New Zealanders safe. That has been an absolute priority.

“Whilst there is some constraint on my ability to talk about the details of those, I can tell you that we have used every level we have to ensure people’s safety.”

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