Surveillance video taken at a bus station in Turkey appears to show three British schoolgirls who left London, presumably to join the Islamic State in Syria. VPC
This is three image combo of stills taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police in London on Monday Feb. 22, 2015, Kadiza Sultana,16, left, Shamima Begum,15, centre and and 15-year-old Amira Abase going through security at Gatwick airport, before they caught their flight to Turkey on Tuesday Feb 17, 2015. The three teenage girls left the country in a suspected bid to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State extremist group.(Photo: AP)
LONDON —<span style="color: Red;">*</span>A schoolgirl who fled her home in the British capital<span style="color: Red;">*</span>to join the Islamic State terror group is believed to have been killed in an airstrike in Syria, according to a media report.
Kadiza Sultana, 17, left her home in Bethnal Green, east London, and headed to Turkey with her friends Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, then both 15, in February last year. Police said they believe the girls later crossed into neighboring Syria.
ITV News reported Thursday that Sultana is thought to have been killed in May when a Russian warplane dropped a bomb on her accommodation in Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS.
Sultana had been in contact with her family and was planning to return to Britain after becoming disillusioned with life with the terror group, the broadcaster reported.
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"We were expecting this in a way. But at least we know she is in a better place,” Sultana’s sister Halima told ITV.
"We do not wish her name to come up in the headlines again... She is gone and we would like to respect her wishes,” she added.
John Biggs, the mayor of Sultana's neighborhood in east London, tweeted Friday: "Deeply saddened to hear of the death of Kadiza Sultana in Syria. This is devastating news for a family who have already suffered so much."
Begum and Abase are thought to remain in Raqqa, ITV reported.
Governments across Europe are attempting to stop the flow of disaffected citizens<span style="color: Red;">*</span>to join terror groups in countries including Syria and Iraq.
The British government has<span style="color: Red;">*</span>said that<span style="color: Red;">*</span>850 people "of national security concern"<span style="color: Red;">*</span>have traveled to fight in<span style="color: Red;">*</span>the Syrian conflict. Just under half have returned to the U.K., and more than<span style="color: Red;">*</span>10% have been killed, it said.
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