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Family say they have "lost a daughter" and "she is in danger"

A spokeswoman for the family of the 15 year old Bristol schoolgirl who is thought to be heading for Syria has said they have 'lost a daughter' and believe she is 'in danger'.

Anira Khokhar addressed a gathering of reporters and cameramen in the girl's home district of Easton.

Neighbour says missing girl had "sadness in her face"

A neighbour of the missing teenage girl from Bristol who is thought to be heading for Syria says she thought the girl looked sad recently.

"A few days ago I came out of my house and she just came out of her house and I could see that she had a sadness on her face.

"I said 'are you alright?' and she would always answer me with a smile but she just did this [put her hand up]. I was thinking 'what's happened to her?' I didn't know."

– A neighbour of missing girl

Speaking about the suspicions she may have been radicalised and recruited to fight in Syria, she said:

"These people must have really got through to her.

"She always had a smile on her face. I'm shocked this has happened. She is a very good girl. "I'm shocked about her going to fight a war at 15. She still goes to school.

– Neighbour


Classmates of Bristol teen are shocked at her disappearance

Friends of the Bristol teenager who is believed to be heading for Syria have been talking about their shock at her disappearance.

Pupils outside The City Academy in Easton, Bristol, said the girl had not seemed any different when they last saw her.

"She is a good friend. I have no idea what made her leave.

"I think the police have asked one of her friends to text her to see where she is. She is a really nice girl."

– a 14 year old friend

"I was sat next to her and she seemed fine,"

"She didn't have any new friends that we knew about, and she was a completely normal girl."

– 15 year old classmate
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British teen 'probably believes she will be a jihadi bride'

The British teen who is believed to be travelling to Syria will probably "become a jihadi bride," according to a radicalisation expert.

Haras Rafiq from the counter-extremism think tank, the Quilliam Foundation told Good Morning Britain: "It's more than likely that she will go and become a jihadi bride. She, at the age of 15, will marry someone she considers to be a holy warrior."


Family plead with teenager to return home

Avon and Somerset police fear a schoolgirl missing from Easton in Bristol may be attempting to get to Syria after becoming radicalised. The 15-year-old Somalian, who hasn't been named, has been tracked by police and is believed to be in Turkey. Officers are now keen to stop her before she crosses the border into Syria. Hibaq Jama, a councillor for the Lawrence Hill area of Bristol has been with the girl's family tonight and made this statement:

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Family of missing Bristol teen urge her to come home

The family of a 15-year-old girl who is believed to be attempoting to travel to Syria, have urged her to return home to Bristol.

A spokeswoman, Hibaq Jama, read this message on behalf of the family:

Please come back, we miss you very much. You are not in any trouble. We just want you to be safe and to come home as soon as possible.

– family message

Missing Bristol girl "may have been radicalised"

Police say a missing 15 year old Somali girl from Bristol may be attempting to get to Syria.

It's understood the teenager has travelled to Turkey.

Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said there are indications the girl "may have been radicalised".

“Since she was reported missing by her parents we’ve carried out extensive work to trace her footsteps from the time she left home to her arrival in Turkey. We’re giving every support we can to her family; we want to find out where she is and encourage her to return safely. Our officers are working closely with the Metropolitan Police and their network of international liaison officers to find her.

“There are indications she may have been radicalised but at the moment our priority is to find her before she crosses the border to Syria and make sure she is safe.

“We must all be vigilant and ready to spot the signs of radicalisation. Often, young Muslims who go to Syria hold can be naïve and don’t recognise that they are being sucked into joining extremist groups. This is not about criminalising these young people, it’s about preventing tragedies.”

– Louisa Rolfe, Avon and Somerset Police
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