UK official vows to prevent return of Britons who backed Daesh

Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid is seen outside of Downing Street in London, Britain, February 4, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 15 February 2019
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UK official vows to prevent return of Britons who backed Daesh

LONDON: Britain’s Home Secretary has warned he’ll block the return of Britons who traveled to the Middle East to join the Daesh group.
Sajid Javid’s comments come amid a furious debate about Shamima Begum, who ran away to join extremists when she was 15. Begum, who is now nine months pregnant, told The Times newspaper that she wants to come home.
Javid told the newspaper on Friday that he “will not hesitate” to prevent the return of Britons who “supported terrorist organizations abroad.” Others have appealed for mercy, noting Begum’s age when she fled.
Begum was one of three schoolgirls from London’s Bethnal Green neighborhood who went to Syria to join Daesh in 2015 at a time when the group’s online recruitment program lured teenage girls to its self-proclaimed caliphate.


Bomb in Afghan mosque kills senior cleric during Friday prayers

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Bomb in Afghan mosque kills senior cleric during Friday prayers

  • No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban and Daesh fighters regularly stage attacks in the capital
  • The explosion hit at a time when dozens of men had gathered for prayers

KABUL: A bomb exploded in a mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, during Friday prayers, officials said, killing three people including a senior preacher and wounding at least 20 men who had gathered for worship.
The preacher, Samiullah Raihan, was a supporter of the Western-backed Afghan government which Taliban militants are trying to bring down. He was also a member of the National Ulema Council, Afghanistan’s top Muslim clerical body.
Firdaws Faramarz, a police spokesman, said explosives were apparently placed near the altar of the Al-Taqwa mosque, a place used by the mosque leader to initiate the prayers.
The neighborhood where the bombing took place is dominated by Sunni Muslims. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack but the Taliban and Daesh fighters regularly stage attacks in the capital.
The explosion hit at a time when dozens of men had gathered for prayers. The death toll could rise, said a second official.