UK Isis schoolgirls: Principal hits back and claims that girls were radicalised at school

February 24, 2015 2:53 pm

The headteacher of the school attended by three British schoolgirls
who are believed to have flown to Turkey to join in
reiterated yesterday that police have no evidence the missing pupils had
been radicalised there.

 British schoolgirls (from left) Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum are believed to be in Syria.

Mark Keary of Bethnal Green Academy,
east London, said that the school was “shocked and saddened” by the
disappearance of Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-olds Amira Abase and
Shamima Begum.
On February 15 Ms Begum used Twitter to get in
touch with 20-year-old Aqsa Mahmood, a woman from Glasgow who is
understood to have joined Isis and married one of its fighters. Mr Keary
said that access to social media at the school is “strictly regulated”.
“With
such measures in place, police have advised us that there is no
evidence that radicalisation of the missing students took place at the
academy,” he said.

The trio flew to Istanbul in Turkey from Gatwick Airport a
week ago. It is feared they were planning to travel across the border
into war-torn Syria, although police said there was a “good chance” they
were still in Turkey. The Turkish intelligence force is understood to
be hunting for the girls in Istanbul, along with local police assisted
by officers from Scotland Yard and the security services.
It
emerged on Friday that the three missing girls were close to a
15-year-old from their school who travelled to Syria last December.
Mr
Keary said police had spoken to the girls after the previous student
disappeared and indicated at the time that there was no evidence that
they were at risk of being radicalised or absconding.
There was
growing concern about the role played by airport and border staff after
it emerged Ms Begum used the passport of her 17-year-old sister, Aklima,
to leave the .
David Cameron has called for airlines and internet firms to be more proactive in curtailing radicalisation.

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