Relatives of missing Bradford family issue statement
The parents and family members of three sisters missing from Bradford with their nine children have spoke of their distress.
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 holy pilgrimage.
Since their disappearance was reported on 11 June, West Yorkshire Police has been supporting the family and carrying out extensive enquiries.
In a statement, the family’s relatives said: “The parents and family members are devastated by the sudden disappearance of the three sisters and their children.
“This has caused great distress to the family and has also stopped us from living a normal life in the U.K since this incident. We are very worried about the children who could now be in a dangerous place.
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“We do not support the actions of the sisters leaving their husbands and families in the UK and of taking their children into a war zone where life is not safe to join any group.
“We plea to anyone thinking about making a similar journey not to go.
“We are also very happy with the help and support we have had from the Police and the way they have handled the enquiry.
“Since this incident we have found it very difficult and upsetting to be in the media spotlight and would appreciate if the media let the rest of the family live a normal life as possible. We as a family do not hold ourselves or the police responsible for the actions taken by the three sisters and ask all media companies to stop camping outside the doorstep. We ask for privacy right now as we try to cope with what has happened and hope everyone respects that.”