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Malaysian woman, 25, flees to marry IS militant

The Star/ANN | Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014

A female Kurdish refugee tries to call relatives who are still trapped in Kobani as thick smoke rises from the Syrian town during heavy fighting between Islamic State militants and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, as seen from near the Mursitpinar border crossing on the Turkish-Syrian border in the southeastern town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province October 27, 2014.

MALACCA - She met him on social media in September. Just weeks later, the 25-year-old religious activist was off to Turkey to marry the Islamic State (IS) militant.

The woman's 56-year-old father has lodged a police report, saying that he had found pictures and postings of weapons, militant gear and activities relating to terrorism in his daughter's laptop.

The father claimed that his daughter went missing on Sept 29 after getting to know the man, who is from Johor.

A relative of the activist said the couple got acquainted through social media sometime in September.

The woman told her parents that she wanted to marry the man in Turkey.

The father lodged a report on Sept 30 when his daughter told him that she wanted to leave for Turkey and that the man had deposited RM6,000 into her account for the flight to Istanbul.

She had told the family that the flight was on Oct 8 and the man was to have met the bride's family in Seremban before their flight.

However, both failed to show up on Oct 2 as promised.

The father then lodged the second police report on Oct 2.

The relative said the activist's behaviour changed dramatically after she joined a Kuala Lumpur-based religious NGO last year.

She started wearing the niqab and kept to herself, he said.

The relative said she also spent most of her time on the Internet.

Recently, the father found photographs and postings related to militant activities and how to handle firearms in the daughter's laptop, he said.

A police source said this was probably the first police report made by a family member relating to their child joining such militant groups in the Middle East.

On Oct 14, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim said no report had been received from family members about female relatives travelling to the Middle East as "comfort women" for IS.

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