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Brit ISIS bride Shamima Begum gives birth to baby boy after saying she wants to return home

Mirror logo Mirror 17/02/2019 Tom Davidson
a woman looking at the camera: Shamima Begum has given birth in Syria © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Shamima Begum has given birth in Syria

British ISIS bride Shamima Begum has given birth to a baby boy in Syria, according to her family.

The 19-year-old, from Bethnal Green, revealed this week that she wants to return to the UK.

In a statement family lawyer Tasnime Akunjee said: "We the family of Shamima Begum have been informed that Shamima has given birth to her child, we understand both she and the baby are in good health.

  a woman standing in front of a window: The teen was pictured at Gatwick Airport moments before leaving the country in 2015 © AFP/Getty Images The teen was pictured at Gatwick Airport moments before leaving the country in 2015

"As yet we have not had direct contact with Shamima, we are hoping to establish communications with her soon so that we can verify the above."

Her family have begged for her to be shown mercy and to be allowed to return to east London.

The teenager is thought to have previously had two children with her ISIS-fighter husband who both died in infancy.

a group of people around a track: Refugees at the UN-run al-Hol refugee camp in Syria © AFP/Getty Images Refugees at the UN-run al-Hol refugee camp in Syria

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She fled her home in Bethnal Green, east London in 2015 to join ISIS in Syria, where she wed Yago Riedijk, who she said was the 'best part' of living under ISIS.

She and her husband are in separate camps in Syria as ISIS continues to lose ground. 

The 19-year-old is in Al-Hol - also known as al-Hawl - which has been flooded with more than 25,000 displaced people in recent weeks.

Ms Begum, who told The Times she did not regret travelling to IS-controlled Syria, said she understood she could face a police investigation if she manages to return.

Her family have said that if she is jailed for supporting of a terrorist group they want to step in to raise the child, rather than having the taxpayer pick up the cost.

a close up of a man with his mouth open: Yago Riedijk, husband of Shamima Begum © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Yago Riedijk, husband of Shamima Begum a close up of a person: Shamima Begum is reported to have given birth to her third child in Syria © EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Shamima Begum is reported to have given birth to her third child in Syria

Ms Begum's wish to return to the UK has sparked fierce debate over her legal status. Should she return she faces probable prosecution for terrorist offences.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has warned he "will not hesitate" to prevent the return of Britons who travelled to join IS, but Justice Secretary David Gauke told Sky News "we can't make people stateless".

Mr Javid wrote in The Sunday Times that many supporters of IS have returned to their home countries, adding: "The difficult challenge we now face is what we should do about those who are still seeking to return.

"As home secretary, my priority is to ensure the safety and security of this country - and I will not let anything jeopardise that."

a man wearing a suit and tie: Sajid Javid said the return of British ISIS fighters presents a 'difficult challenge' © PA Sajid Javid said the return of British ISIS fighters presents a 'difficult challenge'

Shamima was one of three schoolgirls, along with Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, from Bethnal Green Academy who left the UK to travel to Syria in February 2015.

Shamima Begum said she had recently heard second-hand that the other two girls may still be alive.

Another girl, Sharmeena Begum, also from Bethnal Green but not related to Shamima, had travelled to Syria two months earlier in 2015.

Ms Sultana was reported to have been killed in an air strike in 2016.

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