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Turkey Detains Suspect Who Allegedly Helped 3 UK Schoolgirls Join ISIL

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Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the suspect acted even though he or she worked for the intelligence agency of a country that is part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group. Cavusoglu did not identify the country but said it was not the United States or a member of the European Union.

Cavusoglu, who was interviewed on A Haber television, said he had shared the information with his British counterpart.

"Do you know who the person who helped the girls turned out to be?" Cavusoglu said. "Someone who worked for the intelligence service of a country that is part of the coalition. It is not an EU member, it is not the United States either."

He did not provide further details on the suspect's detention.

Britain's Foreign Office had no immediate comment on the news. A British police spokesman said he had no information on the topic.

The three teenage girls traveled from the U.K. to Turkey last month, from where they are believed to have crossed into Syria. Their journey highlighted the difficulty of halting the radicalization of young Muslims. British authorities previously identified them as Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15.

Turkey accused Britain of failing to notify authorities in time to prevent them from crossing into Syria.

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