January 21, 2015 09:27
Police have tentatively concluded that a Korean teenager who went missing in southern Turkey was not abducted but voluntarily went to Syria to join ISIS.
Police are to announce their conclusion on Wednesday.
The teenager, identified as Kim (18), inquired on Twitter about joining the terror group in October last year and was told by several contacts to go to Turkey and Syria.
Kim also joined a Twitter feed that is used to recruit ISIS members and posted messages praising Islam and the group. He said men are being persecuted and expressed a hatred of feminists.
On Oct. 4, Kim sent a Tweet asking what he had to do to join ISIS. On Oct. 9, he sent another saying was ready to join and inquired where he had to go to become a member.
One individual responded, "First, travel on your own to Turkey" and gave Kim the phone number of a man named Hassan. Kim then switched to the encrypted chat messenger surespot.
Police investigations in Turkey reveal that Kim left his hotel in the southern town of Kilis on the morning of Jan. 10 and waited in front of a mosque across the street. Around half an hour later, he boarded a Korean-made Carnival van driven by an Arab male and got off the vehicle near a refugee camp 18 km to the east.
There the trail ends. Diplomats say there are no records showing Kim crossed into Syria through a border checkpoint.
The black van was an unregistered Syrian taxi and the driver told police the individuals he carried that morning did not say a word.
A diplomatic source said, "It appears Kim went to the area near the refugee camp to cross into Syria clandestinely."
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