Nine British nationals allegedly en route to Syria detained in Turkey

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Nine British nationals allegedly en route to Syria detained in Turkey

<p>Nine British nationals have been detained by Turkish authorities on suspicion of trying to enter Syria illegally.</p> <p>They were taken into custody in the Hatay region close to the Syrian frontier.</p> <p>The UK Foreign Office is looking into the reports.</p> <p>The Britons include three men, two women and four children.</p> <p>Turkish authorities are on alert for foreign nationals moving through the country to join <span class="caps">ISIL</span> militants in Syria.</p> <p>It comes after British police criticised Turkish officials after three UK schoolgirls arrived in Istanbul and were then allegedly smuggled into Syria. </p> <p>Turkey responded saying they were not tipped off in time to stop the girls travelling.</p> <p>An estimated 600 British nationals have travelled to the region to fight, with 300 already back in the UK, according to the Metropolitan Police.</p>