14-year-old girl detained for alleged links to IS

14-year-old girl detained for alleged links to IS
Militant Islamist fighters hold the flag of Islamic State (IS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province in this June 30, 2014 file photo.

KUALA LUMPUR - A 14-year-old girl has been detained for alleged links to the Islamic State (IS) terror group.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the girl is believed to have intended to join IS.

"We believe she planned to go to Syria via Egypt.

"She was arrested on Tuesday," he tweeted on Wednesday.

Later in a statement, the IGP said the girl was studying at a "tahfiz" institute in Shah Alam and she had been influenced to join IS after interacting with Malaysian militants in Syria via Facebook.

"She was planning to marry a Malaysian student in Egypt.

"After the marriage, we believe she was planning to secure safe passage to Syria," he said adding that the case was being investigated under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

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