— ISIS bride’s lawyer claims her newborn baby son has died
— Shamima Begum’s baby is believed to have died, according to the family’s lawyer
— ‘Unconfirmed reports’ — ISIS bride Shamima Begum’s baby son ‘dies in Syria’
The baby son of a teenager who fled the UK to join Isis is believed to have died. Shamima Begum’s family’s lawyer said that they strongly believed ‘unconfirmed reports’ about the boy’s death.
Tasnime Akunjee announced the latest development adding: ‘He was a British citizen’. However, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces said that the reports were ‘fake’.
Mstapha Bali said Begum had been taken under armed escort to a hospital outside the camp where she is being held, according to the BBC’s Middle East correspondent.
Shamima Begum fled east London at the age of 15 to travel to Syria to marry an IS fighter in 2015, at a time when the group’s online recruitment programme was luring many impressionable young people to its self-proclaimed caliphate.
If the claims that the boy has died are verified, it will be the third baby that Begum has lost since leaving the UK.
Ms Begum, now 19, resurfaced recently at a refugee camp in Syria and told reporters she wants to come home with her son, but her apparent lack of remorse triggered criticism in the UK and her family has expressed its shock at her lack of repentance.
She married a Dutch man who wanted to take her to the Netherlands with their newborn son.
British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has revoked her citizenship, despite saying he would not make a decision that would render a person stateless. Her family has insisted she is not a dual citizen, and the case is pending in the courts. Ms Begum’s father Ahmed Ali said that he would still request that the British Government allow his daughter to return.