Shamima Begum ‘flees from jihadi death threats’: ISIS bride takes newborn son and vanishes from refugee camp ‘in late-night escape after price was put on her head’
- Shamima Begum, 19, from Bethnal Green, London, left the UK for Syria in 2015
- Her appeal come home with newborn baby has caused outrage across Britain
- Begum’s behaviour has angered ISIS jihadi brides at the al-Hawl refugee camp
- The 19-year-old and newborn son Jerah have been moved to the Roj camp
Shamima Begum and her newly born baby have vanished from the refugee camp they were staying in after receiving death threats.
The 19-year-old, from Bethnal Green, east London, who left the UK for Syria in 2015 to join ISIS, is thought to have been taken to the Roj camp near the Iraqi border in a late-night escape after a price was put on her head.
ISIS wives at the Al-Hawl refugee camp believe she has disgraced their cause by giving media interviews about life under the caliphate, which has earned her ‘celebrity’ status in the camp.
A source told The Sun: ‘Shamima was threatened directly in the camp.
ISIS bride Shamima Begum pictured with her baby has been threatened by other jihadi brides
‘She is living in fear of her life. There is a bounty on her head. She felt she had no option but to move her and her child to have a chance of survival.
‘Shamima has become something of a celebrity and is constantly looking over her shoulder, fearing brutal reprisals for daring to speak out about life with ISIS.
‘She’s in misery, but only has herself to blame.’
Islamic hardliners also criticised her for repeatedly appearing on television without covering her face.
Her appeal to be brought home with her newborn baby, called Jerah, has caused outrage across Britain, and sparked a political row after she was stripped of her citizenship.
Shamima Begum, 19 (pictured before she left the country four years ago) and her family are all pleading with the government to allow her back into Britain
Begum wants to return to the UK for the sake of her newborn third child, but has been stripped of her British citizenship.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid made the move on advice that she qualified for Bangladeshi citizenship through her mother, although authorities there have said they will not let her enter the country.
Begum’s father, Ahmed Ali, said his 19-year-old daughter should face justice in Britain despite previously appearing to back the removal of her citizenship.
The teenager, who married Dutch IS fighter Yago Riedijk, had two older children who both died.
Mr Ali told ITV News: ‘I don’t think he’s (Sajid Javid) done the right thing because she is a British citizen, and if it turns out she has committed any crimes, then she should face justice in the UK.
‘She belongs to this country, she belongs to England. My daughter was a little child, she made a mistake, she didn’t properly understand.’
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was criticised after saying Begum should be allowed back into the UK and given the ‘support that she needs’.
He accused Mr Javid of a ‘very extreme manoeuvre’ in stripping her of British citizenship – on the basis that she is entitled to live in Bangladesh because her parents were born there.
Mr Corbyn said making Begum stateless is ‘not the right thing to do’.
She had ‘a lot of questions to answer’ but should be allowed to return to the UK and ‘at that point any action may or may not be taken’.
He added: ‘The idea of stripping anyone of their citizenship when they’re born in Britain is a very extreme manoeuvre. I question the right of the Home Secretary to have these powers.’