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Schoolgirls Who Fled To Syria "Being Held Hostage"

Tuesday 19th January 2016

The three London schoolgirls who ran away to Syria to join ISIS are being held hostage, according to their lawyer.

Amira Abase, Shamima Begum and Kadiza Sultana from the Bethnal Green Academy left home in February 2015 to join ISIS.

Muhammed Akunjee says it would now be very difficult for the girls to leave Syria and come home as it is a "one-way trap".

Speaking to LBC's Chief Correspondent Tom Swarbrick, he said: "If you get there, then your chances of going anywhere else afterwards are vanishingly small.

"And the alternative consequences are lethal."

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The sister of Siddhartha Dhar, the man suspected of being in the most recent ISIS videos, is giving evidence in Parliament this morning, but Mr Akunjee cast doubt over his involvement.

He added: "Siddhartha Dhar is not Jihadi John number two to my knowledge.

"The fellow who is billed as Jihadi John number two has one eye disproportionately larger than the other. Siddhartha Dhar is not disadvantaged genetically in that way."

He revealed communication with the girls in Raqqa has been lost following the bombing campaign by Russia and the US led coalition.

His comments come as a website is being launched to give parents and teachers advice on keeping children out the reach of extremists and their "poisonous propaganda".