KUALA LUMPUR (dpa) – Police detained a 14-year-old Malaysian girl who allegedly wanted to go to Syria to join militants, police said Wednesday.
Chief Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said the girl was arrested Tuesday, but did not give her personal circumstances or the place of her arrest.
The Home Ministry said more than 50 Malaysians had joined Islamic State militants and allied groups in Syria and Iraq.
More than 20 others have been charged in court for planning to go.
Foreign Minister Anifah Aman on Wednesday described as “utterly deplorable” the recent killing of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya by a group linked with Islamic State militants.
“The government of Malaysia expresses its deep sympathy and condolences to the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the families of the victims,” he said.
“May they have the strength and courage in this difficult time.”