Three US girls, reportedly traveling to Turkey to join ISIL terrorists, have been stopped midway in Germany and sent back to the United States.
On Tuesday, the US officials refused to confirm any links between ISIL and the girls, from Denver, Colorado, who went missing since last week, Reuters reported.
One of the three told German authorities that they were heading to Turkey, a main transit route for foreigners to join the Takfiri militants fighting against the Iraqi and the Syrian governments.
Suzie Payne, a spokeswoman for FBI’s Denver office, said the three had been returned to their family without any further comments except that the bureau had a role in the process.
The girls were arrested at Frankfurt Airport upon their arrival on Sunday following a request by their parents and the US consulate.
Two of the juveniles have Somali origin and the other Sudanese. They are thought to be between the ages of 15 and 17.
Last month, FBI Director James Comey said about a dozen had joined ISIL ranks from the US.
The ISIL terrorists, who currently control parts of Syria and Iraq, have committed widespread acts of violence, including mass executions, abductions, torture and forcing women into slavery in the areas they have seized in Iraq and Syria.
They have threatened all communities, including Shias, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Izadi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.