One of the Briton moms who were feared to have brought their respective children to join the ISIS is said to have contacted her husband. The sisters Kahdija Dawood, Sugra Dawood and Zohra Dawood, together with their 9 children ages three to 15 years old, have been missing since June 11 after going on an Islamic pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
West Yorkshire Police suspects that the three women are going to meet with their brother, Ahmed Dawood, who has previously joined the ISIS.
Police prioritizes safety of children
The West Yorkshire Police received information that one of the sisters made contact with her husband. There is an indication that they may have already crossed the border into Syria “but this is uncorroborated,” the police said in a statement.
West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster said everybody is extremely concerned for the safety of the family, especially the nine children. On Wednesday, the husbands of the sisters cried in tears as they appeal for them to come back home.
“We are concerned about anyone who has or is intending to travel to the part of Syria that is controlled by the terrorist group calling themselves Islamic State. It is an extremely dangerous place and not a place where young children should be taken,” he said.
“The choice of returning home from Syria is often taken away from those under the control of Islamic State, leaving families in the UK devastated and with very few options to secure their loved ones safe return,” he continued.
The authorities are encouraging anyone with information about the family to contact the department.
“Anyone with information should call West Yorkshire Police on 101. Any piece of information, no matter how small, could help the UK or overseas authorities to locate the family so that they can be safely returned home to their loved ones.”
Neighbors were heartbroken
The story of the Dawood sisters disheartened the neighbors who knew them. Worshipers at the Shah Jalal mosque who know the sisters and their brother were frustrated that police seemed to be clueless on how to find them.
One worshiper who has spoken to The Guardian on condition of anonymity said Ahmed Dawood was a nice man.
“Maybe he got brainwashed. Fighting for Isis goes totally against the teachings of our religion. We are totally against it. Why must these people give us a bad name?”
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