THE Fiji Police Force was aware for some time of Fijians reportedly joining the Taliban.
Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said police had information long before the revelation in overseas and local media on Friday.
"It has been there for some time. We already had information long before that," he said, referring to the media reports.
The Commissioner of Police, Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua, has given a directive for the reports to be thoroughly investigated.
Insp Sokomuri said on Friday that local police had sought the assistance of International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) on the matter.
"We have received the report through our sources. We are investigating through our channels overseas," he had said.
Yesterday, Insp Sokomuri confirmed that no special team had been set up to investigate reports of some Fijians joining the militant group.
Federal Administered Tribal Areas Research Centre's director administration and research Mansur Khan Mehsud told this newspaper they were aware that some Fijians were recently recruited by the Taliban.
Mr Mehsud said news of Fijians being recruited by the Taliban was news all over Pakistan.
However, he said they were not aware how the Fijians were recruited by the Taliban, which is one of the most dreaded militant groups in the world.
Insp Sokomuri said earlier that INTERPOL secretary general, Ronald Noble came to the country last week to discuss the issue. He is believed to have met with senior police officials during his visit and discussed the issue, among other things.