Pakistan

Lahore (Web Desk) – A Lahore-based woman along with her four children left for Syria to join terrorist group Islamic State.

As per details, Bushra, informed her husband that she was going to Kasur but later her husband came to know that she was on her way to Syria through Iran for joining IS along with the kids. The eldest among them is 15-year-old and the youngest is nine years old.

Meanwhile, a civilian intelligence agency has reported that around 20 men, women and children connected with Bushra’s network left for Islamic State.

On Thursday, a team comprising personnel of  CTD and intelligence agency raided Bushra’s house in Jauhar Town and arrested her husband Mehr Hamid.

“During initial interrogation, Hamid said his wife Bushra Bibi left for Syria along with their three daughters and a son last July and joined the IS. She informed him on WhatsApp that she had joined the IS along with the children as she was impressed by the teaching of its chief Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi,” Hamid said.

Bushra did M Phil from Punjab University and was honorary principal at Noor-ul-Hudaa Islamic Center situated in Town Ship, Lahore.

On Tuesday, the Punjab Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) arrested eight suspected members of the Islamic State for planning to establish a terrorist network and carry out attacks in the country. The eight suspects were arrested after anti-terror police raided their hideout in Daska.

Daesh is an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State (IS) group, which controls wide swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria.

Earlier, British media reported that hundreds of young women and girls are leaving their homes in western countries to join Islamist fighters in the Middle East, causing increasing concern among counter-terrorism investigators.

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Girls as young as 14 or 15 are travelling mainly to Syria to marry terrorists, bear their children and join communities of fighters, with a small number taking up arms. Many are recruited via social media.

Women and girls appear to make up about ten per cent of those leaving Europe, North America and Australia to link up with terrorists groups. France has the highest number of female militant recruits, with 63 in the region — about 25 per cent of the total — and at least another 60 believed to be considering the move.