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Counter terrorism police have confirmed 16-year-old twin sisters, who disappeared from their home in Manchester two weeks ago, are now in Syria.
Greater Manchester Police are investigating the girls reasons for travelling and also if anyone helped them.
Two 16-year-old girls who are believed to have entered war-torn Syria are "posing a threat to themselves", a counter-terrorism chief has said.
Twins Salma and Zahra Halane, who have 28 GCSEs between them, disappeared from their family home in Manchester last month when they flew out to Turkey and are now said to have crossed the border.
The North West Counter Terrorism Unit (NWCTU) is investigating their travel and whether they had help.
Police are providing support to the girls' family, who also do not wish to comment.
Anybody with information should call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.
Muslim leaders in Manchester have expressed concerns about two 16-year-old twin sisters who are feared to have travelled to Syria.
Ashley Derricott reports:
The disappearance of twin 16-year-old girls reported to have fled their homes to go to war-torn Syria is "deeply worrying", a leading Muslim commentator said today.
Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, also said it showed the "abject failure" of the intelligence agencies, that the youngsters could travel from Britain to the Middle East.
Police have confirmed they are trying to trace the girls, both aged 16 and from a Somalian family, who were reported missing from their home in Manchester on June 26.
Their parents reportedly only found out they were missing after finding their empty beds.
Greater Manchester Police said it's unable to confirm the location of the girls and their investigation aims to establish their safety and find out why they've travelled abroad.
Teenage twin sisters from Manchester have left their home and secretly flown to Syria, it was reported today.
The Sun Newspaper said it is feared the Muslim schoolgirls, aged 16, have joined other Britons who are involved in the sectarian violence there.
The girls — thought to be originally from Somalia — are said to be “extremely religious” Muslims.
The Sun on Sunday reported they travelled to Syria via Turkey following in the footsteps of an elder brother.
It's understood Greater Manchester Police are investigating the girls' disappearance.