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Japanese man detained in Turkey for trying to join Islamic State: sources

A Japanese man who had attempted to join the Islamic State militant group has been detained by Turkish security forces near the Syrian border on Wednesday, security sources said.

The 24-year-old was on his way to Syria to join the ranks of the radical group when he was detained in the Karkamis district of Gaziantep province, just across the border from Syria's Jarablus.

The man had made contact with the militants through social media, the sources said.

A spokesman for the Japanese embassy in Ankara said it was aware of media reports, but had not yet confirmed the information.

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