KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 , 2015
A 14-year-old female student arrested on Tuesday just before flying off to join the IS militant group in Syria was believed to have been influenced by her alleged husband-to-be, who was a member of the group, it was revealed today.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, when contacted, confirmed that the Malaysian IS member had coaxed the girl to join the group on the pretext of marrying her.
Investigations showed that the man had provided the money for the girl’s flight ticket to Syria.
“We believe the man (mastermind) had arranged for the flight ticket and expenses for the girl to fly to Syria. The girl’s story that she wanted to marry the man could have been made up,” he said.
Khalid said the police were trying to find out whether any of the girl’s friends had been influenced to join the militant group in Syria.
The girl, who is from a religious school in Shah Alam, was arrested at the KL International Airport on Tuesday as she was about to depart for Syria via Egypt.
It is believed that the girl, who is from Muar, Johor, planned to get married to the man, who is studying in Egypt, before going to Syria to join the IS group.