UK Schoolgirl Who Joined ISIS Killed in Airstrike: Report

Kadiza Sultana reportedly killed in Raqqa in May
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2016 6:16 AM CDT
Kadiza Sultana, 16, left, along with Shamima Begum, center, and Amira Abase.   (AP Photo/Metropolitan Police, File)
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(Newser) – One of three British schoolgirls who fled to Syria to join ISIS in February 2015 has been reportedly killed in an airstrike—in the midst of her efforts to flee the country. ITV News reports the unverified news that Kadiza Sultana, 17, died when the home she occupied in Raqqa was hit by a bomb thought to have been dropped by a Russian plane in May. Family members in London say she had been planning to escape Syria, and had been in contact with them as she plotted a journey to Turkey. "I don't have a good feeling, like I feel scared," she told her sister in one recorded phone call.

Says sister Halima, "We were expecting this in a way. But at least we know she is in a better place." While the news hasn't been confirmed, a rep for the family tells the Guardian they do believe their daughter has been dead for several weeks. Fellow schoolgirls Amira Base and Shamima Begum are believed to still be living in Raqqa. (Read more Syria stories.)

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