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At least 23 South Africans have joined Isis

Al Jazeera is reporting that at least eight families have left South Africa to join the radicalised group.

The FBI is asking the public to help identify a masked man who speaks in what is believed to be a North American accent in a video that Islamic State militants released last month. Picture: FBI.

JOHANNESBURG - An Al Jazeera investigation has revealed that at least 23 South Africans have travelled to either Iraq or Syria to join the Islamic State (Isis).

Al Jazeera is reporting that at least eight families, some with children as young as one, have left South Africa to join Isis over the past year, raising concerns about recruitment in this country.

Last month a 15-year-old girl was pulled off a flight at Cape Town International Airport after suspicions that she was en route to join the terrorist group.

The Al Jazeera journalist on the investigation, Khadija Patel, says at least 11 South Africans have been questioned and deported from Turkey alone.

"What our news story also shows is that Turkey is clamping down on this. This has been a particular problem for Turkey, with people using Turkey as a transit point to join Isis."