Friends, family of ‘ISIS-bound’ London girls plead for their return

“There was no indication whatsoever…She was just herself,” said Rena Begum, sister of one of the missing schoolgirls. (Photo courtesy: The Guardian)

Friends and family of the three east London school girls who are thought to have travelled to Syria this week are pleading for their return.

Photos released by the Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) this week show Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase travelling through Gatwick airport before boarding a flight to Turkey, from which they are thought to have traveled on to join ISIS fighters in Syria.

Abas Hussen, father of one of the girls, appeared in a video clutching a teddy bear he said his daughter gave to her mother on Mother’s Day. The bear, wearing a blue football jersey, depicts the young girl’s love for football team Chelsea, her father said.

“We miss you, we cannot stop crying. Please think twice,” he said in a message to his daughter.

“There was no indication whatsoever…She was just herself,” said Rena Begum, sister of one of the missing schoolgirls.

Rena appeared in the video on The Guardian holding a pair of pink pajamas she said belonged to her sister, saying “we’re kind of just clinging on to the bits that we have and we just want her to come home.

“If you watch this, baby please come home. Mum needs you more than anything in the world, “ Rena said through tears.

“You’re not in any trouble here, we love you. If anyone has convinced you of anything, then they are wrong,” she added.

Meanwhile, 16-year-old Atlanta Broadbent, who attended the same school, said she has known the trio for several years and told ITV News: “It just seems so weird how when they were thinking, it’s like, what were they thinking? Individually they are all very close and just determined to do what they want to do.

“The memories with them, they just seemed so happy, we wouldn’t think that they were going to do that,” she added.

“I’d just tell them to come home, everyone is missing them, everyone’s worried and it’s a couple of weeks before the exam. We just hope nothing serious is going to happen to them.”

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44
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