British schoolgirls arrive at ISIS HQ in Syria: report

Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, are believed to be in the ISIS-controlled city of Raqqa. (Courtesy: BBC)

The three British school girls suspected to have travelled to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have arrived in the militant group’s stronghold of Raqaa, Sky News reported on Monday.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, reportedly crossed into Syria from Turkey through a crossing near the Turkish city of Kilis.

The girls boarded a flight to Istanbul from Gatwick last month, sparking an international police investigation that sought to bring them back to their families safely.

Citing “good sources” from Raqaa, Sky News claimed the girls safely arrived to Raqaa and are staying at a house that is “at least” hosted by another British girl who had been in contact with them through the Internet.

Police are yet to confirm these reports, the Independent reported.

CCTV footage that emerged last week showed the three teenagers waiting at a bus station in Istanbul.

According to the BBC, the girls waited in the offices of two bus companies at the station, before taking a bus to Urfa, close to the Syrian border, on Feb. 18 .

“From there, they are thought to have been driven to a border crossing point by people smugglers,” the report added.

In the CCTV images, the girls appear calmly composed amid the crowd at the bus station, carrying their luggage and chatting together.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46