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Missing Bradford family were stopped from leaving UK in March

The Bradford sisters missing with their nine children were stopped from leaving the UK in March, ITV News has learned.

Their trip to Saudi Arabia was rebooked for May but there is no suggestion they were intending to travel to Syria at that time. Police are now trying to work out when the trip was planned.

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Missing Bradford family 'has relative fighting in Syria'

The fathers of nine missing children from Bradford fear they have been taken to Syria where a relative is fighting for an extremist group, their solicitors have said.

Family tree of the missing 12

Balaal Khan, acting for the family, said the men are "distraught and feel helpless" and are concerned their children's lives are "in danger".

It is believed at least ten of the 12 family members boarded a flight from Medina to Istanbul in Turkey - a commonly used route into Syria.

Mr Khan said it is understood the sisters have a relative fighting for either Islamic State or another extremist group in Syria, and it is feared they have met up with him.

One of the possibilities is they travelled to Turkey to travel to Syria.

The suspicion, and main concern, is that the women have taken their children to Syria.

– Balaal Khan

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