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Fears girl (15) is on way to join Jihadists in Syria

By Rod Minchin

A 15-year-old British girl has gone missing and may be trying to get to Syria following fears she has become radicalised, police say.

The girl, who has not been named, is known to be in Turkey and is thought to be heading for its war-torn neighbour. The teenager was reported missing from her home in Bristol.

Louisa Rolfe, assistant chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "We can confirm that a 15-year-old student from Bristol has travelled to Turkey and we understand she may be attempting to make her way to Syria.

"Since she was reported missing by her parents, we've carried out extensive work to trace her footsteps from the time she left home to her arrival in Istanbul, Turkey.

"We're giving every support we can to her family; we want to find out where she is and encourage her to return safely.

"Our officers are working closely with the Metropolitan Police and their network of international liaison officers to find her."

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