'I want to join ISIS,' missing Korean teen tweeted

Militant fighters hold the flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province on June 30, 2014. A missing South Korean teenager suspected of joining ISIS had a T
Militant fighters hold the flag of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) while taking part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province on June 30, 2014. A missing South Korean teenager suspected of joining ISIS had a Twitter account, "Sunni Mujahideen", on which he tweeted his desire to enrol with the militant group, police said on Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - A missing South Korean teenager suspected of joining the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) had a Twitter account, "Sunni Mujahideen", on which he tweeted his desire to enrol with the militant group, police said on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old middle school dropout, identified only by his surname Kim, went missing in Turkey earlier this month, and there is speculation that he crossed into Syria.

"Many materials suggest that he was greatly interested in ISIS, but we cannot confirm whether he has joined them", Chung Jae-Il, a senior Seoul police officer told journalists.

If confirmed, it would be the first known case of a South Korean national joining any radical Islamist group.

The teen was last seen leaving his hotel in the southern Turkish city of Kilis - not far from the border - on Jan 10.

A South Korean foreign ministry official said on Tuesday that CCTV footage obtained by Turkish police showed Kim taking an unlicensed taxi, together with an unidentified man, outside a mosque near his hotel.

They got out near a refugee camp in Besiriye, about 18km south-east from Kilis, the official said.

Police said Kim posted a series of messages on his Twitter account in October last year, asking for help in approaching ISIS.

"How to join ISIS? Does anyone know? I want to join ISIS", he tweeted.

Kim's parents allowed him to travel to Turkey, along with a family friend, after he pleaded for the chance to meet with a friend there he had met online.