UK teen Shamima Begum was strict enforcer under Daesh ‘morality police’

Shamima Begum, a British-born teenager who fled home to join Daesh. (File photo: AFP)
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Updated 31 July 2020

UK teen Shamima Begum was strict enforcer under Daesh ‘morality police’

  • The Telegraph cited sources alleging that the UK teenager was a ‘member of the feared morality police’
  • She was briefed on the preparations of suicide vests used by the group’s self-bombers, the report claims

LONDON: Recent news has emerged regarding Shamima Begum’s life under Daesh, claiming that the UK teenager served under the terror group’s “morality police” and also tried to recruit other young women.

The Sunday Telegraph has cited “well-informed” sources alleging that the London-raised teenager was a “member of the feared ISIS morality police”, referring to another acronym for Daesh.

The report claims that the 19-year-old “played an active role” in the organization’s reign of terror.

The newspaper says Begum was allowed to carry a Kalashnikov rifle, and allegedly earned herself the reputation of a strict “enforcer” of laws, on issues such as dress codes for women. 

In this role, Begum is said to have received between “£500 ($658) and £1,500 a month”.

She also allegedly worked on recruiting more women to join Daesh, including texting a teen from Austria in 2015.

Begum attempted to lure the girl into joining the group by allegedly telling her: “Don’t believe any of the bad things you hear about Dawla [the Daesh state], it’s fake. You have everything you want here and we can help find you a good-looking husband.”

The cited allegations also say that the British teen had been briefed on the preparations of suicide vests used by the group’s self-bombers. 

The information, said to have been gleaned by CIA and other western intelligence services, contradicts with what Begum had previously stated about her life under Daesh.

In a previous interview, she claimed that during her four years under the militant group she was never involved in any brutality, adding that during her time in Syria she was a devoted housewife to a Daesh fighter. 

Begum has had her British citizenship revoked and has since been stuck in a displacement camp for months after being detained when leaving Daesh territory.


Several German health offices hit by bomb threats

Police from the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia received a call claiming an imminent threat to a local health authority’s office. (File/AFP)
Updated 08 August 2020

Several German health offices hit by bomb threats

  • Germany has been grappling with a resurgent far-right, and has suffered a number of attacks at the hands of far-right terrorists.

BERLIN: Several bomb threats were made against health authorities across Germany overnight, police said Saturday, although searches have so far not turned up any suspicious items.
The offices of the local health authority in Olpe in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia had to be temporarily evacuated late Friday after receiving such a threat.
The all-clear was given after a search by police officers and sniffer dogs.
Likewise, health authorities in the city of Cologne also received a threatening telephone call, although police said they did not deem it to be serious.
Separately in the Bavaria town of Ansbach, several residential homes were evacuated overnight after police received a call claiming an imminent threat to the local health authority’s office.
In July, several district courts were evacuated in Germany after they received bomb threats.
Nothing concrete have been found in searches and no arrests have been made.
The trial of a man accused of sending over 100 far-right letters to politicians, journalists and officials between October 2018 and April 2019 is ongoing.
The threats had prompted evacuations, including of the main train station in Luebeck and a tax office in Gelsenkirchen.