LONDON: A United Kingdom family of 12 members who went missing on May 17 has joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and is now “safer than ever”, according to a statement by ISIS on their behalf.
They have been accompanied by a number of their children, and also three children, aged between one and 11.
The words and photographs come after family sources indicated that they had received confirmation that all 12 had arrived in Syria.
The statement is accompanied by two photos purportedly of family member Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75, which have not been independently verified.
But on Friday, the Mannan family released a statement online confirming they were in the Islamic State, “a land that is free from the corruption and oppression of man made law and is governed by the shariah, the flawless and just laws of Allah”.
They were due back at Heathrow three days later but failed to return.
“That are willingly leaving the so called freedom and democracy that was forced down our throat in the attempt to brainwash Muslims to forget about their powerful and glorious past and now present”.
“We call all Muslims to rush to the comand of your Khalife”.
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They say they “feel safer than we have ever felt before” in the war-torn country, where hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the past four years – almost half of them civilians.
“We are all really shocked”. “It wasn’t by the command of a single person in the family..” Race to your state.
Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, fled via Turkey in February and were allowed to contact their families to inform them of the their “marriage”.
The video filmed by anti-IS activists shows the young girls carrying grocery bags and machine guns, covered head to toe in a niqab.
After several years of quiet passage to Syria, in recent months, British media, politicians and police have started highlighting cases of families fleeing to join the ISIL.