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State security investigating possible Isis recruiters in SA

The State Security Ministry is investigating how a Cape Town teenager was allegedly recruited to join Isis.

A screen grab from CNN's report on militant group ISIS recruiting children from an early age. Picture: CNN.

JOHANNESBURG - The State Security Ministry is investigating how a Cape Town teenager was allegedly recruited to join terrorist group, the Islamic State (Isis) of Iraq and Syria.

The 15-year-old was hauled off a plane bound for Johannesburg yesterday at the Cape Town International Airport.

Authorities suspect she was going to board an international flight at OR Tambo International Airport.

The girl reportedly told people close to her that she was going to join the terrorist organisation.

The ministry said the girl actively engaged with social networks on Twitter and social media.

According media reports, evidence found in her bedroom suggested she had transferred money to an unknown source, and other clues written in her school books suggested to her family that she had been in contact with Isis recruiters.

The department says the teenager has been safely returned to her family.

The Minister of State Security David Mahlobo says his department is looking for evidence that might lead authorities to possible recruiters operating in the country.

"Our biggest worry is the method in which the terrorist group uses to recruit young innocent people."

Last month, two Australian brothers were stopped by airport security in Sydney after they admitted there were joining Isis.

Isis has been pursuing a strategy of recruiting young female teenagers from around the world to join their ranks in Syria and Iraq through an online campaign.

Female recruiters use social media forums such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Ask.fm.

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