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BRIT JIHADI BRIDE DIES IN AIRSTRIKE; Exams schoolgirl Khadiza, 17, killed by Russian bomb.

Byline: CHRIS HUGHES Defence and Security Editor

ONE of the three "jihadi schoolgirls" who fled Britain to join Islamic State in Syria has been killed in an airstrike, it was claimed last night.

Londoner Khadiza Sultana, 17, is thought to have died when her home was obliterated by a Russian bomb.

Sultana - who like her two teenage pals became a bride to a foreigner fighting for IS - was said to have been blown up earlier this year in an attack on the network's "terror HQ" of Raqqa.

Her death was reported by ITV News, which also said claimed Sultana had grown disillusioned with life under the medieval regime and was desperate to flee back to Britain when she died.

She confided in phone calls to her sister Halima Khanom that things had changed and she felt scared - but that with the borders sealed she feared her chances of getting out of Syria safely were "zero".

ITV broadcast interviews with Halima recorded during the months when her family, working from their flat in Bethnal Green, East London, hoped to free her from the clutches of IS and get her into Turkey. In one, Halima said: "Things have changed. The way she used to communi-cate with me, the way she used to talk about things. She's scared of being there."

And in another poignant talk, viewers heard how Sultana said from Raqqa: "I don't have a good feeling. I feel scared."

Later she added: "You know if something goes wrong. I will never be with you."

Referring to Kurdish forces inside Syria, she added: "You know the borders are closed so how am I going to get out? I am never going to go through PKK territory."

Halima asked her: "How confident are you feeling in terms of getting out?"

She replied: "Zero... where is Mum? I want to talk to her."

ITV sources in Raqqa confirmed her death. Last night Sultana's sister reacted to the reports, saying: "We were expecting this in a way. But at least we know she is in a better place. She is gone."

Sultana and her friends Amira Base and Shamima Begum, then both just 15, shocked Britain when they left school in 2015 to marry IS fighters.

They flew to Turkey and caught a bus to the Syrian border. Base and Begum are both thought to still be in Raqqa.

A man killed by police in Ontario after an FBI tip-off to Canadian authorities was planning a rush-hour terror attack on a major city in the country, sources said.

c.hughes@mirror.co.uk

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WANTED OUT Sultana claimed she was scared

AIRPORT Sultana, left, with her pals

FANATICS IS fighters in Raqqa HQ

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Date:Aug 12, 2016
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