OFF TO MEET ISIS: Missing London School Girls Suspected to have Joined the Islamic State

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How could any woman want to be a part of that monstrous terrorist group?

Scotland Yard is appealing for information about three teenage schoolgirls who are believed to be trying to make their way to Isis-controlled territories in Syria.

Shamima Begum, 15, possibly travelling under the name of Aklima Begum and Kadiza Sultana, 16, are missing along with a 15-year-old girl who is not being named at the request of her family.

All three girls left their homes at 8am on Tuesday morning and met at Gatwick Airport, where they boarded a Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police urgently appealed for information about the missing girls, who all go to the Bethnal Green Academy school and were described as “straight-A students”.

Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) Commander Richard Walton said: “We are extremely concerned for the safety of these young girls and would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to police. Our priority is the safe return of these girls to their families.

“We are reaching out to the girls using the Turkish media and social media in the hope that Shamima, Kadiza and their friend hear our messages, hear our concerns for their safety and have the courage to return now, back to their families who are so worried about them.”

Commander Walton said he was concerned “about the numbers of girls and young women who have or are intending to travel to the part of Syria that is controlled by the terrorist group calling themselves Isis”.

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