A British woman who went missing aged 18 six years ago has been found in a detention camp for Isis brides in northeast Syria
A national missing persons appeal was launched when Nasra Abukar disappeared from her family home in Lewisham, south
, in 2014.
She was found in a Kurdish-run camp with a three-year-old son, Talha, having lost another boy, Faris, in an air strike, according to The Sunday Times.
Her new life in Syria was first revealed by her husband Aseel Muthana, a British terrorist who left Wales to join Islamic State in 2013, in an interview with the Mirror last week.
Speaking from a jail elsewhere in the Kurdish-run Rojava state in northeast Syria, Muthana said he last saw his wife when Isis was driven out of its final stronghold of Baghouz in eastern Syria.
He said: ‘We were separated at that point and she was taken to a camp. I wrote to her and I believe the letter was passed on but I have never received a reply.
‘My hope is that if I get jailed in the UK, her family might visit me.’
He said he received serious head wounds in the same strike that allegedly killed his son.
The Islamist caliphate effectively dissolved after its defeat in the stronghold in 2019 but retains power through a scattered network of cells controlling bank accounts with hundreds of millions of pounds’ worth of cash.
British intelligence agencies believe more than 800 UK citizens fought for jihadist groups in Syria over the past decade, with 400 having come back to UK jails or under surveillance – and some undetected.
Around 350 are thought to have ended up dead or elsewhere in the Middle East, while 100 are in Kurdish detention camps or jails.
Ms Abukar was reportedly discovered in the same camp as Shamima Begum, and is similarly desperate to return to the UK despite having been stripped of her citizenship on national security grounds.
She is believed to be the author of social media comments making fun of the 2015 Paris terror attacks, which claimed 130 lives, and bragging about life in the now-disbanded Islamist caliphate, the Sunday Times added.
Using the pseudonym Umm Faris – Arabic for ‘mother of Faris’ – she allegedly made posts under several Twitter accounts, including one which said ‘Paris’ alongside a ‘crying with laughter’ emoji in November 2015.
Ms Abukar’s mother appeared to wash her hands of responsibility for her move, telling the newspaper: ‘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.’
Her parents, originally from Somalia, were said to have contacted police in June 2014 and had their case taken up by the Missing People national charity.