Australia attempts to extradite IS suspect from Turkey

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia says it is attempting to extradite from Turkey a man suspected of being a high-profile Australian recruiter for the Islamic State movement.

The government described Neil Prakash, also known as Abu Khaled al-Cambodi, as “the most dangerous Australian” involved with IS when he was reported killed in May by a U.S. airstrike in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

Justice Minister Michael Keenan said in a statement on Saturday the 24-year-old had survived the attack and was now in custody in Turkey.

The statement does not say how long Prakash has been in custody, but says his arrest is the result of close collaboration between Australia and Turkey.

The Australian-born citizen of Cambodian and Fijian parents converted from Buddhism in 2012 and traveled to Syria a year later.