Thursday 14 December 2017

Parents brand Aqsa Mahmood a 'disgrace' over claims she encouraged missing UK girls to join ISIS

Aqsa Mahmood
Aqsa Mahmood
Handout still taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police of (left to right) 15-year-old Amira Abase, Kadiza Sultana,16 and Shamima Begum,15 at Gatwick airport, before they caught their flight to Turkey on Tuesday (Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)
A picture taken from Aqsa Mahmood's blog, claiming she is with Isis
British teenage girls Shamima Begun, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana (L-R) walk through security at Gatwick airport before they boarded a flight to Turkey (REUTERS)

Jon Stone

The family of a British woman living with Isis fighters in Syria has branded her a “disgrace” after it emerged she may have enticed three missing young UK girls to join her.

British police are believed to have flown to Turkey to help Turkish officials in preventing Shamima Begum (15), Kadiza Sultana (16) and Amira Abase (15) from crossing the border into Syria and joining Isis.

It is understood that at least one of the girls appears to have been in contact with Aqsa Mahmood over Twitter before they flew out.

Read More: Three missing 'straight-A' London schoolgirls 'travelling to Syria to join Isil'

Ms Mahmood gained media attention last year when she travelled to Syria to marry an Isis fighter.

On Monday, her family released a statement saying they were full of “horror and anger” that their daughter may have played a role in “the recruitment of these young girls to Isis”.

In a message directed at her they said: “You are a disgrace to your family and the people of Scotland, your actions are a perverted and evil distortion of Islam. You are killing your family every day with your actions, they are begging you stop if you ever loved them.”

The family have called for an inquiry into why the UK security services did not stopped the three missing girls from travelling.

“There’s no point declaring war on Isis on Syria but doing so little to stop young people getting on the flight and crossing the border,” they said.

Read More: Met police officers travel to Turkey as search for schoolgirls who fled to Syria continues

Ms Mahmood currently tweets under the name “Umm Layth” and her account contains multiple references to people travelling to Isis territory.

In one tweet she appears to criticise Isis’s rival militant group Jabhat al-Nusra, writing: “A message to the boys in JAN; if you're gonna offer to help a sister into Shaam, stop leaving them stranded in Turkey...”

On 15 February a Twitter account appearing to belong to Shamima Begum tweeted to Ms Mahmood to “follow me so I can dm you back” – suggesting that the women had been in contact by private direct message on the social network.

Read More: Tearful families of missing Isil girls beg them to return

One of the young girls' fathers, Abase Hussen, said he and his family "can't stop crying" and begged for the three teenagers to return to the UK.

"Please think twice. Don't go to Syria," he pleaded. "Remember how we love you. Your sister and brother cannot stop crying."

Independent News Service

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