SHAMIMA Begum could be making her way back to the UK after escaping from her refugee camp, a terror expert has claimed.
Begum, 19, disappeared from the al-Hawl refugee camp near the Iraqi border last week with her newborn son, and may now be “one step closer” to returning back to the UK.
The Home Office revoked her British citizenship on the basis she is also a Bangladeshi national.
David Otto, counter-terrorism and organised crime expert at Global Risk International, believes the jihadi bride could be making a journey back to Britain.
Begum could seek help from a British embassy in Iraq’s capital Baghdad and attempt to make a return, Mr Otto said.
Speaking to the Daily Star Online, he said: “From a logistical but tactical move, she would travel towards Iraq where the UK has a consulate service and seek for assistance.
“Even if there is no immediate help for her due to the ongoing controversy surrounding the revoke of her nationality by the British Home Office, the UK government has publicly expressed a willingness to recognise and care for her new-born.
“It is likely she will be heading to Iraq where she can seek the commencement of repatriation service.”
Home Office Secretary Sajid Javid previously said Begum’s baby could still be British, despite his mother’s citizenship being revoked.
He told the House of Commons: “There must be consequences for those who back terror. Children should not suffer. So, if a parent does lose their British citizenship, it does not affect the rights of their child.”
At 15-years-old, Begum fled from her home in London to Syria to join Islamic state.
While in Syria she married Dutch ISIS fighter Yago Riedijk, who is under investigation in his home country for alleged links to a terror cell.
Begum’s father has issued a desperate plea for her return, urging UK authorities to reinstate her citizenship.
In an interview with the Associated Press, Begum’s father Ahmed Ali said: “My child was only 15 years old when she fled to Syria, she was immature.
“I would ask the British government not to cancel her citizenship, to return her citizenship, and if she is guilty, bring her back to Britain and give her punishment there.”
The jihadi bride sparked nationwide fury over comments she made regarding Islamic State and the Manchester terrorist attack, insisting there was “fair justification” for the bombs.
In an initial interview with The Times, Begum said she did not regret joining the jihadist group but wanted to return to Britain to ensure her then-unborn child would be safe.