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State Security busts local teenager bound for Isis

Clues found in her school books suggested she had been in contact with the terrorist group.

FILE: The 15-year-old was taken off the British Airways flight on Sunday afternoon after she admitted she was catching an international flight to join the terrorist group. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - State Security on Monday confirmed a teenage girl from Cape Town had been taken off a flight from Cape Town to OR Tambo International Airport by authorities who suspected her of joining the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis).

The 15-year-old was taken off the British Airways flight on Sunday afternoon after she admitted she was catching an international flight to join the terrorist group.

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

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

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.

Her parents have reportedly been on holiday in Durban and were due back in Cape Town on Monday as they were unable to find a flight on Sunday.

A neighbour also confirmed that the girl had recently mentioned to his daughter that she was considering joining the group.

The neighbour mentioned that she had become increasingly politicised over the past month.

The ministry said it was investigating the case and would comment at a later stage.

The terror group 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.