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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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Family condemns sisters who 'took children to Syria'

The family of three British sisters from Bradford who are believed to have travelled to Syria with their nine children have condemned their actions.

Sugra, Zohra and Khadija Dawood were meant to return home on March 19 after a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

This has caused great distress to the family and has also stopped us from living a normal life in the U.K since this incident.

We are very worried about the children who could now be in a dangerous place.

We do not support the actions of the sisters leaving their husbands and families in the UK and of taking their children into a war zone where life is not safe.

We plea to anyone thinking about making a similar journey not to go.

– Family statement

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