Jihadi bride Shamima Begum ‘was a member of feared Isis morality police’ in Syria, new reports have said.
The 19-year-old, who fled the UK to join Isis aged 15, had previously stated that she was ‘just a housewife’ during her four years in the Islamic State.
But according to a report in the Sunday Telegraph, the teenager spent time stitching suicide bombers into suicide vests and carried a Kalashnikov rifle as she enforced a strict dress-code.
One activist quoted in the publication remembered Begum allegedly shouting at Syrian women in the city of Raqqa for wearing shoes that were brightly coloured.
Aghiad al-Kheder, an activist from Deir ez-Zor who publishes information about Isis crimes, said: ‘Members of our group from Raqqa knew her well.’
It was reported that she was also responsible for finding and recruiting other women.
Allegations were also made in the Mail on Sunday that Begum had helped to sew suicide bombers into their explosive vests.
This was done so that the devices could not be removed without detonating, the newspaper said.
The information was reportedly found by allied spy agencies during an interrogation with other Western IS converts.
It is not known whether Begum participated willingly in the alleged acts.
Begum previously insisted that she had just ‘stayed home and looked after the kids’ while with Isis.
Talking to journalists in a Syrian refugee camp she said she had never ‘done anything dangerous’ and begged to be allowed back into the UK.
‘When I went to Syria, I was just a housewife. I just stayed at home and looked after my kids,’ she said.
‘I didn’t do anything dangerous. I never made propaganda, I never encouraged people to come to Syria. They don’t have proof that I did anything dangerous.’
Begum was pregnant at the time of her requests to come home to Britain and later lost her child Jarrah to pneumonia just weeks after he was born.
Home Office secretary Sajid Javid branded her a danger to the UK and revoked her citizenship.
Statistics show more than 900 Britons travelled to the conflict in Syria, with 20 per cent killed and around 40 per cent having returned to the UK.
Only the most dangerous have been barred from returning, the Home Office said.
Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee, said: ‘Cases that rely on secret intelligence for security decisions can be hard to explain in public.
‘If true, these allegations suggest a reason Ms Begum may have stayed in IS-controlled territory to the end, and would suggest a good reason to suspect she would be a danger to the UK.’
Ms Begum’s father Ahmed Ali said last night: ‘If she has done anything wrong, she should be brought to England and punished. As far as I know she was a housewife when in Syria.’
The Begum family’s lawyer Tasnime Akunjee has demanded to see any evidence held against the teenager, adding: ‘On behalf of the family, we would like to see this evidence, given that it has been leaked, and have it tested in proceedings in due course rather than through hearsay.