Missing 16-year-old twins feared to have travelled to war-torn Syria

Destruction in war-torn Syria

Destruction in war-torn Syria

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TWIN girls reported missing 10 days ago are feared to have travelled to war-torn Syria.

The Somalia-born girls, thought to have spent a number of years in Bolton before moving to Manchester, crept out of their home on June 26 in the middle of the night catch a plane from Manchester Airport to Istanbul in Turkey.

The girls’ parents discovered they had gone at about 8am the next morning with passports and belongings also missing.

The Sun on Sunday said it understood the twins had travelled to Syria.

The paper said their brother was a fighter for the extremist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).

Fears are now building about the girls’ safety and whether they have become victims of religious grooming, news reports have suggested.

Greater Manchester Police are not revealing the girls’ names or location of their home in case it jeopardises their safety.

A police spokesman said: “On Thursday June 26, Greater Manchester Police received a report that two 16-year-old girls were missing from their home in Manchester.

"The girls flew from Manchester International Airport to Turkey. Since their departure the girls have been in contact with their family.

"We are attempting to confirm their current location and secure the well being of both girls.

"Officers are also providing regular support to the family.”

About 6.5 million people have been displaced in Syria since an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011.

About 500 UK Muslims are thought to have gone to fight in Syria, despite a warning by religious leaders not to travel to the war-torn country to fight.

Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said it showed the "abject failure" of the intelligence agencies that the youngsters could travel from Britain to the Middle East.

Mr Shafiq, whose Ramadhan Foundation campaigns against extremism and terrorism, said: "It is deeply worrying that two teenage girls have travelled to Syria to support terrorist groups.

"These terrorist groups are barbaric and evil and do not have any regard for human life and Islamic history.

"Joining them in Syria and Iraq is not allowed under Islam and those that join them open the risk to being charged under terrorism legislation in this country."

Greater Manchester Police boss Ch Con Peter Fahy, who leads counter-terrorism strategy for the Association of Chief Police Officers, warned young Muslims not to go to fight in Syria or they could be arrested when they return.

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1:26pm Tue 8 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

O what a tangled web the country is weaving,watch out for the spiders.
O what a tangled web the country is weaving,watch out for the spiders. boltonnut
  • Score: 3

3:22pm Tue 8 Jul 14

The Squire In Residence says...

I hope that every one of the jihadis actually die on their travels - and at the same time the remaining families and relatives left behind, here in the UK, are scrutinised down to the 'nth' degree. Anything found would then be used to stop their benefits/council house/students loan etc.etc.. Then deport the lot of them to wherever they 'came' from. If, as I hope not, they were born here, then the family and relatives pay the price...simple. It would soon stop those who remain here turning a blind eye/hook!
I hope that every one of the jihadis actually die on their travels - and at the same time the remaining families and relatives left behind, here in the UK, are scrutinised down to the 'nth' degree. Anything found would then be used to stop their benefits/council house/students loan etc.etc.. Then deport the lot of them to wherever they 'came' from. If, as I hope not, they were born here, then the family and relatives pay the price...simple. It would soon stop those who remain here turning a blind eye/hook! The Squire In Residence
  • Score: 14

3:56pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

If I Wanted To Fight For A Cause I Would, I Fight A War Now Nothing Or No One Will Stop Me, God Bless These People They Put There Life Second To There Cause.
If I Wanted To Fight For A Cause I Would, I Fight A War Now Nothing Or No One Will Stop Me, God Bless These People They Put There Life Second To There Cause. Gore Seer
  • Score: -21

4:10pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Where'swally says...

Well thats two less to worry about...
Well thats two less to worry about... Where'swally
  • Score: 10

5:27pm Tue 8 Jul 14

dressit says...

Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said it showed the "abject failure" of the intelligence agencies that the youngsters could travel from Britain to the Middle East.

Also shows the complete and "abject failure" of the Muslim community to persuade these young people not to travel to Syria....
Mohammed Shafiq, the chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, said it showed the "abject failure" of the intelligence agencies that the youngsters could travel from Britain to the Middle East. Also shows the complete and "abject failure" of the Muslim community to persuade these young people not to travel to Syria.... dressit
  • Score: 5

6:15pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

Gore Seer wrote:
If I Wanted To Fight For A Cause I Would, I Fight A War Now Nothing Or No One Will Stop Me, God Bless These People They Put There Life Second To There Cause.
Our Politicians Send Are Young To Die For U.S.A Cause Thats OK,
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: If I Wanted To Fight For A Cause I Would, I Fight A War Now Nothing Or No One Will Stop Me, God Bless These People They Put There Life Second To There Cause.[/p][/quote]Our Politicians Send Are Young To Die For U.S.A Cause Thats OK, Gore Seer
  • Score: -2

7:31pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Marzi30 says...

What's it got to do with GMP, if they've buggered off to fight in Syria then it's not GMPs problem, just as long as they're not allowed back, as soon as they decide to participate in terrorist activity then they should automatically forfeit their British passport and all that goes with it, good riddance, 2 terrorists less
What's it got to do with GMP, if they've buggered off to fight in Syria then it's not GMPs problem, just as long as they're not allowed back, as soon as they decide to participate in terrorist activity then they should automatically forfeit their British passport and all that goes with it, good riddance, 2 terrorists less Marzi30
  • Score: 12

11:33pm Tue 8 Jul 14

allan111111 says...

Only a matter of time before these people fight their cause on UK soil
Only a matter of time before these people fight their cause on UK soil allan111111
  • Score: 0

11:48pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Beyond News Forum says...

*popcorn*
*popcorn* Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 1

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