UK teen's bid to become jihadi bride in Syria foiled by reporter

British teenage girls Shamima Begun, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana (L-R) walk through security at London's Gatwick Airport before they boarded a flight to Turkey, Feb. 17, 2015, in combination picture made from handout still images taken from CCTV and released by the Metropolitan Police, Feb. 22, 2015

Reuters

LONDON -- A newspaper sting has prevented a 16-year-old girl from traveling to Syria to become a jihadi bride.

Britain's Daily Mail reported Friday that the girl had been planning to travel to Syria via Turkey and Switzerland after completing her exams.

The paper says a reporter posed as a teen wishing to travel with the 16-year-old. The girl's older sister reportedly left Britain earlier and allegedly is a recruiter for the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Daily Mail reported that police said they were "grateful" to the newspaper for uncovering the plot.

Police have been stepping up efforts to stop the flow of radicalized young Britons to the Middle East. Detectives have been criticized for failing to prevent three 15- and 16-year-old London girls from making the journey this year.

In March, government officials said a 21-year-old British woman suspected of trying to travel to territory controlled by ISIS had been detained in Turkey.