Family of 12 suspected of joining ISIS ‘all dead’, says relative

Family of 12 suspected of joining ISIS ‘all dead’, says relative

The family left Luton in 2015

Friday, June 28, 2019

A British family of 12 suspected of joining Islamic State in Syria have all died, according to a relative.

Grandfather Muhammed Abdul Mannan, who was 75 when he left Luton in Bedfordshire in 2015, and his wife, Minera Khatun, died of natural causes, while three of their sons were killed fighting for IS, it was reported.

It is believed the remaining seven, including three unnamed children, were killed in an air strike as they were trying to flee the last IS stronghold, Baghouz, at the time.

Mr Mannan's son, Shalim Hussain, said: "They are all dead. It's over, finished. We had been trying to find out for some time what had happened to them and it was only confirmed to us recently from Syria.

'It's a tragic end and we have drawn a line under it all and are now trying to get on with our lives."

Mr Hussain previously said, in July 2015, that he believed his father had been "tricked" and the family were being held against their will.

Mohammed Toufique Hussain

The family were reported missing after failing to return home from a holiday to Bangladesh in 2015.

Mr Mannan and his wife Minera, then 53, went missing with their daughter Rajia Khanom, and sons Mohammed Zayd Hussain, Mohammed Toufique Hussain, Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, and Mohammed Saleh Hussain.

Also with the group was Mohammed Saker's wife, Sheida Khanam, and Mohammed Saleh Hussain's wife, Roshanara Begum, and the three unnamed children, who were aged between one and 11.

Months after arriving in Syria, a statement was released by a British member of ISIS, supposedly on behalf of the family, saying they "feel safer than ever".

Relatives said they had noticed no signs of radicalisation before the group disappeared.

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