South Africa prevents girl trying to join Islamic State

April 7, 2015 1:53 PM

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CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African authorities stopped a 15-year-old girl believed to be travelling to join Islamic State from taking a flight in Cape Town, the state security ministry said on Tuesday, the country's first known detention linked to the militant group.

The ministry said in a statement it was investigating whether Islamic State, which has overrun large areas of Syria and Iraq, had a recruitment network in South Africa.

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