Missing Bethnal Green schoolgirls’ alleged Isis recruiter banned from travelling internationally by the UN

Left to right: Shamima Belgum,  Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana. Pic: Metropolitan Police

Left to right: Shamima Belgum, Amira Abase and Kadiza Sultana. Pic: Metropolitan Police

A woman accused of recruiting three Bethnal Green schoolgirls for Isis, has been banned from travelling internationally by the UN.

Aqsa Mahmood, 21, from Glasgow who has been added to the UN al-Qaeda Sanctions regime, is suspected of persuading the schoolgirls to travel to Syria to join the jihadist group Isis.

Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Absade, 15, were reported missing in February this year.

A spokesperson for Prime Minister David Cameron said: “We will do all we can to stop British citizens from going to fight for ISIL.”

“These sanctions are a powerful tool, freezing an individual’s assets and imposing a global travel ban on them… sends a clear deterrent message.”

The UN al-Qaeda Sanctions Regime was set up to combat al-Qaeda terrorism and is now being used to deal with Isis.

Mahmood is one of four British Jihadists that have been added to the regime and this is the first time since 2006 that the UK Government has placed its own nationals on the UN list.

Scottish national Mahmood fled to Syria in November 2013 to join ISIS and has reportedly married an Isis fighter.

Mahmood, who is thought to be a prominent figure in the al-Khanssaa brigade, an all female police squad founded by Isis and is also accused of encouraging terrorist attacks via a Twitter account under the name Umm Layth.

It is believed that the Scottish national contacted one of the three missing schoolgirls from Bethnal Green using Twitter.

Her parents, Khalida and Muzaffar Mahmood, have criticised the Governments decision calling it a “useless gesture,” according to the family’s lawyer Aamer Anwar.

Anwar told ITV News that Mahmood’s parents believe this will have “little or no impact on young people who want to join Isis”.

The other sanctioned UK nationals were Nasser Muthana, from Cardiff, Omar Hussain, from High Wycome and Sally-Anne Jones, from Kent.

A fifth name submitted to the UN’s list has not yet been approved.

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