SOMALI MUSLIM “terror twins” who fled Manchester, UK for Syria say they don’t believe in the Islamic State (ISIS) anymore as they are being held in a high-security detention center by Kurdish fighters after trying to leave a refugee camp. Zahra and Salma Halane, 22 sparked a counter-terror probe after they ran away from their Manchester home at the age of 16 in 2014.
Manchester Evening News The twins disappeared from the family home and flew out to Turkey before they crossed the border into the war-torn country. It led to the North West Counter Terrorism Unit (NWCTU) investigating their reason for travel and whether they were assisted.
The Muslim sisters, said to be “deeply religious,” ignored their Somalian family’s pleas for them to come home and told them they “had no intention of returning.”
It is believed they went on to become “jihadi brides” as they married fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) and were later widowed, while their elder brother Ahmed Halane was said to have links to various terror groups.
On Monday, the sisters told ITV News they want to be repatriated to Denmark, the country of their birth. The British Home Office has reportedly revoked their citizenship and been banned from returning to the UK.
They fled IS territory last year, they said, and spent the following 16 months at the Al Hol refugee camp with Zahra’s young son but were recently arrested by Kurdish security services after trying to escape the camp.