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Spain detains 14-year-old girl as jihad suspect

Published on Aug 4, 2014 10:32 PM

MADRID (AFP) - Spanish police said Monday they had detained a 14-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman suspected of trying to join Islamic extremists fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Security forces stopped the teenagers on Saturday as they tried to enter Morocco allegedly to join Islamic State, whose fighters have seized swathes of Iraq and Syria, the government said.

"The detention of two women recruited for jihad is a remarkable and unprecedented event in Spain," the interior ministry said in a statement.

The girl, who could not be identified because she is a minor, was just 14, an official said. The 19-year-old woman was named as Fauzia Allal Mohamed. Both are Spanish citizens.

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