Missing South Korean teen has joined ISIS: spy agency

Mr Chung Jae Il, a senior Seoul police officer, speaks to the media during a briefing on a missing South Korean person in Turkey earlier this month, at a police station in Seoul on Jan 21, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP
Mr Chung Jae Il, a senior Seoul police officer, speaks to the media during a briefing on a missing South Korean person in Turkey earlier this month, at a police station in Seoul on Jan 21, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL - A South Korean teenager who vanished in Turkey last month has joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and has been receiving training from the militant group, Yonhap news agency cited lawmakers as saying on Tuesday.

The lawmakers had earlier been briefed by an official of the National Intelligence Service during a meeting of the parliamentary intelligence committee.

The 18-year-old, identified only by his surname Kim, disappeared on Jan 10 during a trip to the southern Turkish town of Kilis and was last seen leaving a hotel, Yonhap reported.

He then apparently crossed the border into Syria voluntarily to join the extremist group, Yonhap added.

"Kim has joined (ISIS) and although the location hasn't been confirmed, he has been receiving training," the news report cited lawmakers as saying after the meeting of the parliamentary intelligence committee.