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HEARTBREAK AT FAMILY FEARED ON WAY TO SYRIA.

Byline: Examiner News Correspondent editorial@examiner.co.uk

TWO parents feared to be heading for Syria with their five children have been criticised by a family member for trying to take their family into "a war zone".

Urgent appeals have been made for information about Imran Ameen, 39, his wife, Farzana Ameen, 40, and their five children, aged between five and 15, from Bradford.

It is believed the missing family of seven, last seen on October 5, are trying to get to Syria and have bought a oneway ticket to Turkey, a senior police officer said.

Those fears were echoed by West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster who said: "The indication is that they have got a one-way ticket.

"We know from previous experience that Turkey is a gateway to Syria and also Iraq."

Arshid Siddique, first cousin of both Imran and Farzana Ameen, who lives across the road in West Bowling, said: "I knew there was something not right here, then your worst fears are confirmed.

"My worst fears are they are going to a war zone, not for them, they are adults, it's for the kids.

"I can't understand it. I have three kids of my own, it beggars belief any mother or father would want to take their children to a war zone for whatever reason."

M r Siddique said about two weeks ago Farzana Ameen took her mother back to live in Pakistan where her brother lives, then returned to Bradford.

She then told extended family that her husband, who worked selling car parts online, had a job lined up in Dubai and they were leaving imminently but without giving a definite date.

Mr Siddique said the rest of the family said their goodbyes then the family disappeared overnight, with no contact to say they had arrived in Dubai or how they were settling in to their new life.

He continued: "I think it was maybe a week and then the cops turned up. In the meantime there's been family thinking 'What's going on here?' We have not heard anything from them."

Mr Siddique said Farzana's brother in Pakistan is "heartbroken" and that he telephoned him to tell him what was happening.

When her brother rang Farzana, Mr Siddique said she told him: "I'm doing the best for my kids."

He said the family prayed five times each day but in his view neither adults were particularly religious. Imran he described as "quiet" before adding: "God only knows now, with the internet."

He said Farzana had more English friends than Asian ones however he said their eldest girl, aged 15, was pulled out of school for home education.

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| Arshid Siddique, left, the cousin of Imran Ameen, |39, and his wife, Farzana Ameen, 40, (top left) from Bradford, who are feared to be heading for Syria with their five children Isma Imran,15, and Moeen Imran, 14, (top right) and (bottom row) Mohammed Muneeb Imran,11, Ismail Imran, 8, and Mohammed Imran, 5

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Oct 15, 2015
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