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Tajikistan Says Detained Woman Who Planned To Join IS In Syria

Tajik police say they have detained a 25-year-old woman who was allegedly planning to take a bus from Turkey to Syria to join Islamic State militants.

Tajikistan's Interior Ministry said on March 10 that Shahnoza Bozorzoda, a medical student, was detained in Istanbul by Tajik authorities after she called a friend in Dushanbe to tell him about her intention to join the extremist group.

It is unclear when Bozorzoda was detained and returned home, but state television broadcast a report on March 10 that showed her acknowledging that she had traveled to Turkey and had been in contact for months with a Tajik man alleged to be fighting in Syria.

Authorities say Bozorzoda was "radicalized" by the alleged fighter through social networking sites and Viber mobile-phone messages.

The television channel also aired comments from relatoives, friends, and classmates who spoke about what they described as changes in Bozorzoda's behavior in recent months.

Based on reporting by Tajik state television