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Operative detained over Syria girls

A foreign intelligence operative suspected of helping three British schoolgirls join the Islamic State extremist group has been detained in Turkey.

Turkish foreign minister Mehmet Cavusoglu said the suspect acted even though they worked for the intelligence agency of a country that is part of the US-led anti-IS coalition.

Mr Cavusoglu did not identify the country but said it was not the United States or a member of the European Union.

The minster, who was interviewed on A Haber TV, said he had shared the information with his British counterpart.

The three teenagers travelled to Turkey last month, from where they are believed to have crossed into Syria.

In the interview, Mr Cavusoglu said: "Do you know who the person who helped the girls turned out to be?

"Someone who worked for the intelligence service of a country that is part of the coalition. It is not an EU member, it is not the United States either."

He did not provide further details on the suspect's detention.

A Turkish government official said the suspect has been detained for over a week.

The official would not identify the country in question but said the suspect was not a citizen of that country.

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