One of missing Bradford sisters makes contact with family
One of three sisters missing from Bradford with their nine children has made contact with her family, police have said.
Contact was made by one of the missing women and police believe there is an indication that they may have already crossed the border into Syria but this is uncorroborated.
The three sisters and their nine children, aged between 3 and 15, were believed to be due back in the UK on 11 June on a flight from Jeddah following a pilgrimage.
Since their disappearance was reported on 11 June, West Yorkshire Police has been supporting the family and carrying out extensive enquiries.
The family has also reached out to missing sisters Khadija, Sugra and Zohra, in the hope that they hear their messages and return.
An intensive investigation
West Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster said: “We would urge anyone with information about the family’s whereabouts to come forward and speak to police so the family can safely return to the UK.
“Anyone with information should call West Yorkshire Police on 101. Any piece of information, no matter how small, could help the UK or overseas authorities to locate the family so that they can be safely returned home to their loved ones.
“Police have been working with the extended Dawood family and the Turkish authorities since they were reported missing in an attempt to locate the family and return them to their loved ones. This has been an intensive investigation and we are committed to ensuring the correct information is shared.”
Anyone who is concerned that a family member may be contemplating travelling to Syria should contact police and partners via the free phone Anti-Terrorist Hotline number on 0800 789 321 for help.