London jihadi bride schoolgirl killed by airstrike in Syria
A British schoolgirl who fled the UK to join ISIS in Syria has been killed by an airstrike in Raqqa.
Kadiza Sultana, 17, is thought to have died earlier this year after her home in the terror state’s stronghold city was hit by a bomb believed to have been dropped by a Russian plane.
Tonight ITV News revealed that Kadiza, who was one of three Bethnal Green schoolgirls who left their homes to join ISIS, is dead.
The schoolgirl had been living in Syria after leaving her home in East London during the Easter 2015 school holidays to join ISIS.
She travelled with friends Amira Base and Shamima Begum, who were both just 15 when they fled and are believed to still be in Raqqa.
The trio shocked the nation after leaving their A-Level courses and their families to marry ISIS terrorists in Syria.
Following Kadiza’s death it has emerged she had become disillusioned with life in Syria and was planning to flee the ISIS-stronghold to return to Britain.
From their East London flat her family were hoping to help to smuggle her out of Raqqa and across the border into Turkey, in a bid to be reunited with the former schoolgirl.
It is believed Kadiza was killed in a strike on a residential building before she could flee, after the property she was staying in was obliterated by the airstrike in May.
Her family were informed of Kadiza’s death by other people in Raqqa.
He sister Halima Khanom, said: ‘We were expecting this in a way. But at least we know she is in a better place.
‘We do not wish her name to come up in the headlines again. She is gone and we would like to respect her wishes.’
Tonight ITV News will broadcast interviews given by Kadiza’s sister, Halima, during the tense months when the desperate family hoped to secure her return to the UK.
The interviews were filmed by filmmaker Joshua Baker and include recordings of phone calls between Halima and her younger sister before her death.
They are especially poignant after ITV News established, via contacts in Raqqa, the reports about Kadiza’s death.
Her sister Halima said: ‘Things have changed. The way she used to communicate with me… The way she used to talk about things has totally changed. Up until now. She’s scared of being there.’