UK media circulates images of ‘British ISIS girls spotted in Raqqa’
Footage purportedly identifies two of the three young girls who fled to join ISIS, including one holding a gun
British media has circulated images this week of a “new video” shot in ISIS’ self-proclaimed capital, Raqqa, which purportedly identifies two of the three British girls who fled Britain to join the militant group earlier this year.
The footage, which was filmed by activists in the northern Syrian city and obtained by the Telegraph, allegedly shows two of the teenagers dressed in niqabs, walking around the streets of the city.
The girls, known as Amira Abase, 15, Shamima Begum, 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, who lived in London, went missing in February where it later emerged that they had boarded a flight to Turkey during half-term to marry ISIS fighters in Syria.
The video shows three women, including one carrying an automatic rifles, with sources telling The Telegraph that two of the girls that were filmed are the teens who fled Britain back in February, and the third women is their handler.
One of the women in the video is supposedly wearing shoes which are similar to those Amira was seen wearing when she was seen at a bus station in Turkey, as reported by The Telegraph.
The activists, who filmed the footage in April, said that they had a tip off from the militants about when the girls would be in the city, where they were then able to trace the girls to a building.
According to the Daily Mail, a senior female ISIS deserter said the three girls were being trained and are likely to be injured or killed fighting in the Middle East.
The deserter had apparently mentored the teenagers, who she described as naive and unprepared for life in Syria.
The 22-year-old, known as Um Asmah, said she met Amira, Kadiza and Shamima, who she took to an ISIS base, claimed that they were being trained as suicide bombers.
She said the girls had been groomed by a team of ISIS social media experts who persuaded them to travel to Turkey.
On arrival, the girls were very happy she said, but knew very little about the harsh realities of what it was like living here.
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