Kadiza Sultana, a schoolgirl who fled her home in east London with two friends in order to join ISIS last year, is believed to have been killed by an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria. The schoolgirls, ages 15 and 16 when they boarded a flight to Turkey before taking a bus to the Syrian border, had been gifted students at the Bethnal Green academy before abandoning their studies, and families, to marry jihadis in Syria. According to ITV, who spoke with Sultana’s family and Raqqa residents, the schoolgirl had become disillusioned with the terror group and had been planning to escape across the border and home to Britain. “It is believed she was killed before she could flee, after the property she was staying in was obliterated by the airstrike in May,” ITV reported.
Halima Khanom, Sultana’s sister, said that Sultana had sounded increasingly “scared” during their communications over the past year. In a phone conversation recorded shortly before Sultana’s death, she told her sister, “I don’t have a good feeling. I feel scared. If something goes wrong, that’s it. I will never be with you.” According to the family’s solicitor, Tasnime Akunjee, Sultana “had been talking about leaving” for more than a year. “There was a plan to get her out,” said Akunjee.
In March of last year, Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said that the girls would not be prosecuted for terrorism if they returned home and there was no evidence that the teenagers had been involved in violence. The schoolgirls, according to their families, all married fighters approved by ISIS — including an Australian and a U.S. National. Within months of their arrival, two of the girls had already become widows.
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