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3 Missing US Girls Detained in Germany

FILE - Police officers are seen patrolling at a security gate inside the main terminal of Frankfurt Airport.

Three teenage girls from the western U.S. city of Denver, Colorado are reported on their way back to the United States after going missing from their homes last Friday and later being apprehended in Frankfurt, Germany.

Relatives and other sources told VOA’s Somali Service the girls left Denver and flew to Frankfurt via Chicago. Family members alerted Denver authorities who contacted their German counterparts.

Two of the girls are sisters of ethnic Somali origin and are 15 and 16 years old. The third girl is from Sudan - her age is not yet known. It is not yet clear where they ultimately were heading, but one of the young girls reportedly told German authorities, “We are going to Turkey to study.”

The girls have since spoken to their relatives and are due to arrive back home later Sunday.

VOA's Somali Service contributed to this report.