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Father of schoolgirl feared to have joined Islamic State denies 'extremism' claim

The father of a schoolgirl feared to have joined Islamic State has insisted he is not an extremist after he went to a protest in which an American flag was burned.

Abase Hussen Credit: PA

Abase Hussen spoke of his regret at joining the demonstration outside the US Embassy in 2012, according to reports.

Michael Adebowale - one of Fusilier Lee Rigby's killers - is also said to have been present at the rally against controversial film Innocence of Muslims.

Images of Mr Hussen at the demonstration emerged after his 15-year-old daughter Amira Abase and two teenage friends went missing from their family homes in east London, prompting an international police hunt.

Mr Hussen told The Times:

It was a mass protest. I had heard it was going on from mosques, so I went there, I just went by myself, I went to show my feelings because my religion was being insulted, my faith. Protesting is not radical, it is our right.

– Abase Hussen

He apologised for his involvement and said he disagreed with flag burning, according to the newspaper.

I feel tricked. It is strange for me. I feel that I don't know what I was doing, I did not know who they (the organisers) were. I just followed the crowd, I feel ashamed.

– Abase Hussen