The three British schoolgirls, who were believed to have joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in the Middle East, may have escaped and the Islamist militants are searching for them, new details have revealed.
Shamima Begum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana, all aged 16, flew to Turkey together in February before crossing the border into war-torn Syria.
British media on Wednesday cited new information about the girls provided by an anonymous anti-ISIS blogger calling himself Mosul Eye.
Mosul Eye has already written in detail about the group including the militants’ execution of civilians and casualties suffered from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, released new information about the girls, all aged 16 and reportedly all married to militants.
The blogger’s Facebook post dated May 2 said: “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,” using ISIL, another acronym used to described ISIS.
The new information comes after Abase tweeted a snap of a takeaway meal with a caption purportedly confirming she is with ISIS in late April.
Meanwhile, the British Home Secretary Theresa May declined to answer if the girls will be allowed to return back to the UK if they manage to return.
May told ITV1’s Good Morning Britain: “Obviously there are young people who go to Syria, some of whom find that what they see there is not what they thought it was going to be.”
But she said “we look on a case-by-case basis, and people have come back – youngsters who have gone there and suddenly realize what a mistake they’ve made,” when asked if they will be allowed.
She confirmed that some young Britons who went to Syria or Iraq to join ISIS have come back after becoming disillusioned.