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Video: Missing French schoolgirl ‘joining jihadists in Syria’

© FRANCE 24 screen shot of Sarah's school

Text by Richelle HARRISON PLESSE

Latest update : 2014-06-21

French authorities have launched an investigation into the disappearance of a teenager believed to have travelled to Syria after being approached by a suspected jihadist online.

Earlier this week, 14-year-old Sarah failed to come home after school in the northern Paris suburb of Argenteuil, having left a note for her parents explaining that she was travelling to a country where she wouldn’t be prevented from practicing her religion.

On Wednesday, police say the young high school student traveled to the northern French city of Lille. That evening her mobile phone was traced to a country within the European Union, but the next day it failed to emit a signal and the schoolgirl had vanished.

According to members of Sarah's family, she was approached online by a woman who urged her to go to Syria.

While her exact whereabouts are unknown, police are now investigating the teenager for criminal conspiracy with a terrorist organisation.

According to France's Interior Minister, there are currently 300 French nationals fighting in Syria and around a dozen of them are minors.
 

Date created : 2014-06-21

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