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Syria girls'stole jewellery' BRITAIN BRIEFLY.

THREE schoolgirls who fled to Syria to join Islamic State (IS) are believed to have funded their travel by stealing jewellery from relatives, MPs have been told.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase flew from Gatwick to Istanbul on February 17 and are feared to have continued to Syria to become so-called "jihadi brides".

The three girls paid more than PS1,000 in cash to a travel agent for their flights to Turkey, the Home Affairs Select Committee heard.

Asked how they raised the funds, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley told the committee: "We think it's linked to theft from families."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:7SYRI
Date:Mar 11, 2015
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