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Another of the three schoolgirls who fled to join ISIS is feared dead


Monday July 16, 2018



One of three schoolgirls who left the UK to join ISIS in Syria is feared to have been killed in an airstrike.

Amira Abase was one of the trio who were captured on camera in a UK airport before flying to Syria.

Now, her mother reportedly fears the teenager is already dead.

Fetia Hussen says she lost the mobile phone app communication she had with Amira last summer.

She was only 15 when she made the journey to Syria and is now feared to have been killed in an airstrike.

Amira is the second of the 'Bethnal Green jihadi brides' feared to have been killed.

She and pals Kadiza Sultana and Shamima Begum left their families in east London during the Easter hoidays more than three years ago.

The Mail on Sunday has reported she is believed to be dead.
This comes after reports Kadiza, 17, had died after her home in Raqqa was targeted by a Russian airstrike.

She was believed to be the first British female killed in the so-called caliphate.

The teenager had reportedly become disillusioned with life in the terror state and was making plans to flee back to Britain.

The trio became some of Britain's most infamous ISIS recruits and shocked the nation after leaving their A-Level courses and their families to marry fighters in Syria.

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Kadiza's family were hoping to help to get her out of Raqqa and across the border into Turkey, reports The Mirror .

But it is believed she was killed before she could flee, after the property she was staying in was obliterated by the airstrike in May 2016.

Kadiza's sister, Halima Khanom told ITV during the tense months when the desperate family hoped to secure her return to the UK: "Things have changed. The way she used to communicate with me.
"The way she used to talk about things has totally changed.

"Up until now. She's scared of being there.”

Within the interview are recordings of phone calls between Halima and her younger sister before her death.

Kadiza tells her sister “I don’t have a good feeling. I feel scared.

“You know the borders are closed right now, so how am I going to get out? I am not going to go through PKK [Kurdish forces inside Syria] territory to come out, I am never going to do that, ever.”

Later Halima asks: “How confident are you feeling in terms of getting out?”

Khadiza: “Zero….. Where is Mum? I want to speak to her.”
Speaking straight after the phone call Halima said: “She sounds very terrified.

"She did get very emotional there as well. It feels…I feel really helpless. What can I do? It’s really hard. I don’t think she’s ever made a choice by herself.

"That was the first one and a very big one. I just look forward to the next call and that’s what keeps me going.”

It is believed the teenager was inside a residential building when it was struck by the airstrike.

Speaking in 2016 following news of her sister's death, Halima said: "We were expecting this in a way. But at least we know she is in a better place.

"We do not wish her name to come up in the headlines again. She is gone and we would like to respect her wishes."

The families of all three Bethnal Green schoolgirls made headlines in February 2015 after making a series of desperate public appeals for information on the missing teenagers.

It is believed that all three wed fellow foreigners who were fighting for the Islamic State, reports The Mirror .

Khadiza's husband was an American national of Somali origin who died late last year.
All three families were represented at the time of the schoolgirls' disappearance by lawyer Tasnime Akunjee, who said: "Leaving ISIS is like trying to escape from Alcatraz, with a shoot to kill order added in.

"It's devastating for the family that it ended like this.

"Perhaps the only benefit out of this is as a tombstone and a testimony for others of the risks of actually going to a warzone, to dissuade people from ever making that choice."

The Bethnal Green schoolgirls were among more than 800 Britons believed to have left the UK to join Isis or other militant groups in Syria and Iraq.
It is thought that at least 250 have since returned.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe told MPs in 2015 the Bethnal Green trio would be unlikely to be prosecuted if they returned to Britain unless there was evidence they had committed any specific crimes while with ISIS.

The fate of the last of the girls, Shamima, is still unknown, but it is believed she continues to live in Raqqa.



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