Shamima Begum is a ticking time bomb if allowed to return to UK, says daughter of UK aid worker beheaded by ISIS

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SHAMIMA Begum is a “time bomb” according to the daughter of a British aid worker who was killed by ISIS.

Begum, who fled to become an ISIS wife in 2015, was allowed to return to the UK in a battle to regain his lost British citizenship.

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Shamima Begum is a ‘time bomb’ according to Bethany HainesCrédit: Anthony Loyd – The Times
Bethany Haines and her father David, who was killed by Daesh5
Bethany Haines and her father David, who was killed by Daesh

Bethany Haines, whose father David was beheaded by a terrorist cell dubbed The Beatles in 2014, believes Begum, 20, still poses a risk.

Bethany, 23, from Perthshire, said: ‘From what I understand Begum still has a strong hatred of the UK.

“It’s a time bomb. ”

She turned down an offer to meet Begum on a heart-wrenching trip to Syria last year that saw Bethany visit jihadist wives in a refugee camp to try and understand their state of mind.

His father, David Haines, 44, was helping refugees at a camp near the Turkish border when he was captured in March 2013.

He was held for 18 months before being beheaded by Mohammed Emwazi – the Briton known as Jihadi John – in September 2014.

ISIS used foul-smelling images of its assassination as propaganda, along with the executions of British charity worker Alan Henning, American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American humanitarian volunteer Peter Kassig.

‘TIME BOMB’

Begum was 15 when she fled east London with two classmates in 2015 and traveled to Syria.

She married 23-year-old Dutch terrorist fighter Yago Riedijk. They had two children who died from malnutrition and illness.

Begum was deprived of her British passport after being found nine months pregnant in a Syrian refugee camp in February last year.

Her third child died of pneumonia aged three months in the Kurdish camp.

The Court of Appeal on Thursday gave her the right to appeal the decision to revoke her citizenship and said she could return to the UK to fight the battle.

The move could open the floodgates for other ISIS wives to return to Britain.

Bethany traveled to Syria with a film crew to visit key sites – including the spot where her father’s executioner was killed in a drone strike in 2016.

She said, “I was nervous about going to the camps because I knew I could potentially meet someone with close ties and allegiance to Daesh, but it was the right thing to do.

“I had the opportunity to meet Begum but I firmly refused.

“In my opinion, she realized that staying in camps is not a pleasant experience and that the UK is the best option for her.

“She knew what she was getting into. She has to live with the consequences.

David Haines, 44, was helping refugees at a camp near the Turkish border when he was captured in March 2013

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David Haines, 44, was helping refugees at a camp near the Turkish border when he was captured in March 2013Credit: Facebook
Bethany Haines says ISIS bride a 'ticking time bomb'

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Bethany Haines says ISIS bride a ‘time bomb’Credit: Rex Features
Begum was allowed to return to the UK

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Begum was allowed to return to the UKCredit: James Longman / ABC News



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