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UK official vows to prevent return of Britons who backed IS

This undated photo issued by the Metropolitan Police shows Shamima Begum. A pregnant British teenager who ran away from Britain to join Islamic State ...
FILE - This Monday Feb. 23, 2015 file handout image of a three image combo of stills taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police shows Kadiza Su...

This undated photo issued by the Metropolitan Police shows Shamima Begum. A pregnant British teenager who ran away from Britain to join Islamic State ...

FILE - This Monday Feb. 23, 2015 file handout image of a three image combo of stills taken from CCTV issued by the Metropolitan Police shows Kadiza Su...

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Home Secretary has warned he'll block the return of Britons who traveled to the Middle East to join the Islamic State 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 IS in 2015 at a time when the group's online recruitment program lured teenage girls to its self-proclaimed caliphate.


Updated : 2021-07-25 02:33 GMT+08:00