Missing schoolgirls taken from Turkey into Syria by people smugglers four days ago
Three schoolgirls who travelled from their homes in London to Turkey were brought to Syria by people smugglers up to five days ago, it has been reported.
BBC News say they understand the three teenage girls were smuggled into Syria four or five days ago.
They crossed the Syrian border some two to three days after landing in Istanbul.
The BBC reports emerge as police in London say they believe the three girls are now in Syria. It's feared they are trying to join militant Sunni Islamist group Islamic State.
Friends Amira Abase, 15, Shamima Begum, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, flew to Istanbul from London on Feb. 17.
"Officers ... leading the investigation into the three missing schoolgirls from east London, now have reason to believe that they are no longer in Turkey and have crossed into Syria," police said in a statement.
They gave no further details but said they continued to work closely with Turkish authorities on the investigation.
The girls' plight has prompted widespread concern in Britain, with Prime Minister David Cameron urging social media firms to do more to deal with online extremism saying the girls appeared to have been radicalised "in their bedrooms".
He also said airlines needed new systems to vet children travelling alone.
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