Three British sisters may have left for Syria along with their nine children including one aged just three to join their relative, already fighting there.
According to Sky News, Yorkshire Police has identified the sisters as Khadija Dawood (30), Sugra Dawood (34) and Zohra Dawood(33) adding that it was extremely concerned for the safety of the family.
The family, which hails from Bradford in Yorkshire, had travelled to Saudi Arabia for a pilgrimage but never returned home from there.
Reports suggest that the family of 12 left Madina in Saudi Arabia for Istanbul on June 9 before going incommunicado. Entering Syria via Turkey has been quite a popular route for people wanting to join extremists in Syria.
A lawyer representing the family said that the ‘fathers are concerned that their children’s lives are in danger.”
He further added, ”
“It has been revealed that on 9 June they have travelled from Medina to Istanbul. Since that day their family have not had any contact with them and their Facebook and Whatsapp profiles have not been updated. One of the possibilities is they travelled to Turkey to travel to Syria. The suspicion, and main concern, is that the women have taken their children to Syria.”
Not too long ago, A British MP had told the parliament that as many as 2000 Britons were fighting in Syria.
Khalid Mahmood, the Labour MP from Birmingham’s Perry Barr, had said, “The authorities say there are 500 British jihadists but the likely figure is at least three to four times that,” he said. “I think 2,000 is a better estimate. My experience in Birmingham is it is a huge, huge problem.”
Stopping the aspiring jihadists from travelling to Syria has been a major concern for the British government.