Age when left UK: 15
Home town: London
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Bethnal Green Academy pupils Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, travelled to Istanbul in February after telling their parents they were going out for the day. Police believe they have crossed the border into Syria. Mobile phone footage released to the media shows this was with the help of a people smuggler who is alleged to have worked for Canadian intelligence. The three girls had been studying for their GCSEs at the school in Tower Hamlets – where they have been described as “straight-A students”. They followed in the footsteps of their school friend, Sharmeena Begum who the Metropolitan Police say left
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The three girls had been questioned by the police in December 2014 after another girl from their school travelled to Syria, but were found not to be at risk. They flew via Turkish Airlines from Gatwick Airport to Istanbul on 17 February. Their families went to Turkey in March to probe the disappearance, deeming the police investigation inadequate.
Their disappearance has been attributed to Aqsa Mahmood, a Glasgow woman who joined ISIL in 2013. There have been electronic communications between the girls and Mahmood. She faces criminal charges if she returns. Mahmood denies the allegations.
In March 2015, footage was circulated of Abase Hussen, father of Amira Abase, on a 2012 rally led by Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary against the film Innocence of Muslims. The Metropolitan Police examined the footage but said that it was unlikely that offences had been committed. Hussen said in April that he feels ashamed of his involvement in the rally, as he did not know who had organised it.
The girls stole family jewellery to pay for their flight. They will not face criminal charges if they return to the United Kingdom.
The disappearance resulted in the Metropolitan Police giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons on its circumstances in March 2015. The families of the girls received an apology from Scotland Yard, who did not tell them about the other girl from their school who went to Syria in 2014.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has said that police should not be made “scapegoats” for people joining ISIL. Contrary to the stance of the Metropolitan Police, Cameron said “Whoever has gone out to join a terrorist organisation is breaking the law and has to face the consequences of breaking the law and we have to let the law take its course in the proper way”.
In March 2015, a travel ban was imposed upon five girls from the Bethnal Green Academy due to concerns from social services that they would join ISIL. The girls’ identities were kept secret, but the Press Association won a challenge at the High Court to be able to disclose that the girls attend the same school as the three who had already joined the group, stating that it was in the public interest.
According to the Daily Mail the British runaway schoolgirl, Amira Abase 16, had married Australian ISIS fanatic dubbed the ‘Ginger Jihadi’ in Syria.
The British teenager who fled to Syria has married a notorious Islamic State terrorist, who sent a chilling message to The Mail on Sunday threatening attacks on Britain.
Amira Abase, 16 – who travelled to Syria with two other school friends from East London – has married Australian extremist Abdullah Elmir.
He has bragged that IS would not stop their murderous campaign until their flag was flying over Buckingham Palace.
Police have now launched an urgent investigation after the radicalised fighter sent a horrific warning to this newspaper that supporters of the terror group are ‘itching to do an attack’ on targets in London.
Dubbed the ‘Ginger Jihadi’ because of his long red hair, 18-year-old Elmir became a poster boy for the Islamic State after he fled his home city of Sydney last year, and later turned up in Syria, appearing in sick propaganda videos.
One of the youngest Western fighters to have joined the group, he sent a message to The Mail on Sunday following our exclusive investigation into Abase, who we exposed last week as trying to lure an undercover reporter to Syria to become a jihadi bride like herself.
Elmir confirmed that he has married the British schoolgirl, who was only 15 when she travelled to Syria via Turkey earlier this year, and told us not to contact her again.
Boasting of his ‘connections’ in Britain, he warned of attacks against the UK as ‘brothers that I know there… are itching to do an attack.’
He added: ‘This is a direct threat.’
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