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Reports that Bethnal Green schoolgirls have now fled from ISIL

Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana

Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana went missing in February. They were thought to be heading to Syria to join ISIL. Image: CNN/YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PJcnTV54SU

An Iraq-based blogger says three British girls married to ISIL men have escaped and are being searched for by the militants.

There’s speculation that the girls referred to are the three Bethnal Green schoolgirls who went missing in February.

The blogger runs a Facebook page and a blog called Mosul Eye and says that he’s an ‘independent historian inside Mosul.’

Last week he posted an update that included lines that may refer to the missing teenage schoolgirls Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana:

Three girls, (Foreigners – British) married to ISIL militants, reported missing, and ISIL announced to all its check points to search for them. It is believed that those girls have escaped.

Responding to the reports, Conservative home secretary Theresa May refused to guarantee that if the girls had fled, they would be allowed home, saying that decisions were made on a ‘case-by-case basis.’

But the Mosul Eye blogger has been unable to provide the British media with any further information, and last night he released a statement saying that he couldn’t confirm the runaway wives were the Bethnal Green girls:

We cannot confirm, as of yet, if those girls were the same trio mentioned in the British media, as their identities still unknown to us. We don’t have any new details about the girls, and unable to provide any assistance with this matter.
We will keep you posted with any further information available as soon as we get them confirmed.

 

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