NEWS
01/03/2019 7:52 PM IST

Shamima Begum And Newborn Moved From Syrian Camp After Being 'Threatened'

Some newspapers reported that she had "vanished", but her lawyer denied the claims.

Shamima Begum and her newborn baby are thought to have been moved from a Syrian refugee camp after they were “threatened”.

It has been suggested by the Daily Mail that she “vanished” from the camp after a price was out on her head.

But according the the family’s lawyer, Tasnime Akunjee, the teenager and her son were moved from the Al-Hol camp due to “safety concerns around her and her baby”.

They are said to have since been moved to the Roj camp nearer to the Iraqi border.

Begum, who fled from Bethnal Green in east London to join Islamic State as a 15-year-old, recently said she regretted speaking to the media.

The 19-year-old, who gave birth days after her discovery by a journalist was first reported, said she wished she had kept a low profile.

The Sun reported that Begum, who wants to return to the UK but has been stripped of her British citizenship, had received death threats since speaking out about her plight.

Akunjee told the paper: “I can confirm that it is our understanding that Shamima has been moved from Al-Hol due to safety concerns around her and her baby.

“We further understand that indeed she and her child had been threatened by others at the Al-Hol camp.”

The development comes after British officials ruled out any effort inside Syria to extract Begum and her child.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid stripped her of her British citizenship in an effort to block her return.

Begum’s family have pleaded for the mother and her child to be allowed to come back to Britain and face justice if she is found to have broken the law by travelling to Syria.

This week, a shooting range in the Wirral faced backlash after they were found using pictures of Begum as targets. They defended the move, saying that it was down to customer demand.