Wednesday 18 October 2017

Missing UK schoolgirls 'now in Syria'

UK schoolgirls 'now in Syria'

Kadiza Sultana,16, Shamima Begum,15 and 15-year-old Amira Abase. The three missing British teenage schoolgirls believed to be heading to join Isil militants are thought to have crossed into Syria, according to police (Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)
Kadiza Sultana,16, Shamima Begum,15 and 15-year-old Amira Abase. The three missing British teenage schoolgirls believed to be heading to join Isil militants are thought to have crossed into Syria, according to police (Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)

Three missing British teenage schoolgirls believed to be heading to join Isil militants are thought to have crossed into Syria, according to police.

The London students were smuggled into Syria from Turkey four or five days ago, the BBC has reported.

Sources said the girls had entered Syria near the Kilis border crossing.

Bethnal Green Academy pupils Shamima Begum and Amira Abase (both 15) and Kadiza Sultana (16) travelled to Istanbul on February 17.

They flew from Gatwick to Turkey after telling their parents they were going out for the day.

The Metropolitan Police said it "now had reason to believe that they are no longer in Turkey and have crossed into Syria".

"Officers continue to work closely with the Turkish authorities on this investigation," the force said in a statement issued through the broadcaster.

It comes after the girls' families made a number of emotional appeals for them to return.

Irish Independent

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