Missing UK teenager found in Syrian Daesh bride camp

Nasra Abukar has turned up in the Al-Hol detention camp in Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria. (Twitter)
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Updated 07 December 2020

Missing UK teenager found in Syrian Daesh bride camp

Missing UK teenager found in Syrian Daesh bride camp
  • Nasra Abukar disappeared from her London home in 2014 aged 18
  • UK press report says she has been tracked down in the same Al-Hol camp as Shamima Begum

LONDON: A teenager who disappeared from her London home six years ago has been found in a detention camp in Syria for wives of Daesh fighters.

Nasra Abukar traveled to the conflict zone where she married an extremist militant from Britain and gave birth to two children, The Sunday Times reported.

Her case is similar to that of Shamima Begum, who was found last year at the same Al-Hol detention camp in Kurdish controlled northeast Syria.

Like Begum, the UK government stripped Abukar of her citizenship over national security concerns.

The report said she desperately wants to return to the UK.

She was reported missing in June 2014 from her home in Lewisham, southeast London. Her disappearance sparked a national missing person’s appeal.

However, Abukar had made plans to go to Syria where she married Aseel Muthana and gave birth to two sons. One of her sons was killed in a coalition airstrike, which also injured Muthana.

Abukar posted messages on social media praising life under Daesh control and making fun of the 2015 Paris attacks.

Her mother told the Sunday Times: “I don’t have any contact with her. I don’t know her husband. When Nasra left here, she was 18. She was an adult. It’s not my fault.”

Britain’s Supreme Court is expected to give a decision soon that could allow Begum to return to the UK and contest the government’s decision to strip her of her nationality.

The case has led to widespread debate over whether those who joined the extremist group should be allowed to return to their original countries to face justice, or left to languish in Syria or Iraq.