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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12, 2014:

Police have confirmed that former Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor (KUIS) student Syamimi Faiqah left for Syria on Oct 4 and is believed to be on the way to join militants of the Islamic State (IS) there.

Federal Police Special Branch principal assistant director (Counter-Terrorism Division) Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay said Syamimi, 20, left from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) for Istanbul, Turkey at 11.55pm on that day.

“Based on the latest information available, Syamimi is now believed to be at the Turkey-Syria border and is waiting to slip into Syria.

“When she arrived at Istanbul airport, there were two individuals waiting for her to bring her to Syria overland through the Hatay province (in Turkey).

“Once she reaches the border area, a syndicate will smuggle her into Syria,” he told Bernama today.

A local daily today reported that Syamimi had run off to Syria to marry an IS militant known as Akel Zainal, whom she got to know via Facebook. Akel Zainal is understood to be a former member of a local rock group which was famous in the 1990s and is now in Syria to fight for IS.

Ayub said Akel is believed to be trying to entice women, in particular Malay girls from local higher learning institutions, to join IS militants.

“What is worrying is that just through Facebook he was able to convince her to leave her family. He was even able to make arrangements to fetch her from her home to be brought to KLIA,” he said.

He added that since police started monitoring Malaysians’ involvement in Syria, five had been reported killed and six others injured in clashes between militants and the security forces there.

It has been reported that so far 22 Malaysians, including three women, have been detected to be with militant groups in Syria.

Twenty-three others have been detained in the country for alleged links with these groups.

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