Originally posted on ITV News
Questions have been raised over how three British schoolgirls, feared to be heading to Syria, were allowed to leave the country so easily. Police yesterday issued an appeal to find east London teenagers Kadiza Sultana,16, Shamima Begum,15 and an un-named 15-year-old who they believe are trying to cross the Turkish-Syrian border.
“When three young girls – two only 15 – arrived at the airport without parents and wanted to board a flight to Turkey, which we know is a staging post to Syria, it should have alerted suspicions,” Emily Dyer, a research fellow specialising in Islamism and terrorism at the Henry Jackson Society, told the Daily Mail.
“The fact that this is still happening shows that security needs to be stepped up. The fact they are so young makes it shocking but it has happened before.”