A young girl has reportedly been taken from her home in Brisbane to a country in Africa to undergo female genital mutilation.

Australian federal police confirmed to Guardian Australia they were investigating the matter but would not give out any details of the case.

Sources within the city's west African community say the girl, originally from Sierra Leone, travelled to Africa before Christmas with her father to undergo the procedure. It is understood she may have travelled to Gambia but police are still trying to ascertain where she is.

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