Published On: Mon, Jun 15th, 2015 on 5:54 pm

Family of 12 from Bradford missing after Saudi pilgrimage

Twelve members of the same family from Bradford have not returned home after going on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

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Three sisters and their nine children, aged between five and 15, were believed to be due back in the UK on 11 June.

There has been no contact since 9 June from mother-of-two Khadija Dawood, 30, mother-of-five Sugra Dawood, 34, and mother-of-two Zohra Dawood, 33.

Since their disappearance was reported on 11 June, West Yorkshire Police has been supporting the family and carrying out extensive enquiries.

“We are extremely concerned for the safety of the family”

Officers have commenced an investigation to establish their whereabouts and are working extensively with authorities overseas to try and locate them.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We are extremely concerned for the safety of the family and would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to us.

“Our priority is for their safe return; their families are gravely worried about them and want them home. One of our primary concerns is the safety and welfare of the young children.”

In a statement released by their solicitors, the Dawood family said they were “extremely worried” and felt helpless.

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Hasan Faridi

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  1. Andrea Collins says:

    I don’t understand this. Women travelling to KSA (unless over 45) MUST be accompanied by a male relative over the age of 18. There husbands are not with them – so who were the male family members? It’s all very odd. There must be a paper trail, if this is anything to go by saudiembassy . net/print/services/umrah_visas.aspx

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