Three sisters who fled to join Isis with their nine children ‘used benefits cash to fund their trip and are still being paid hundreds every month by taxpayers’
- Three sisters feared to have joined ISIS ‘used benefits to get to Syria’
- Khadija, Sugra and Zohra Dawood spent British taxpayers’ cash on trip
- The trio can still claim Income Support and Child Tax Credits from Syria
- Government investigators are now said to be probing the claims
The three Bradford sisters feared to have joined Islamic State in Syria are still able to claim hundreds of pounds in benefits from British taxpayers, it has been reported.
Khadija, 30, Zohra, 33, and 34-year-old Sugra Dawood – who along with their nine children are believed to be in the clutches of the terrorist group – are also said to have used Income Support and Child Tax Credits to fund their trip.
It is believed the sisters can still draw the cash from ATMs or get their ISIS handlers to travel into Turkey for it. The Government is now probing the claims.
The sisters and their nine children vanished after going on an Islamic pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
They were then traced to Istanbul – the typical route to Syria from the West – and are believed to have been escorted hundreds of miles to the Syrian border, before being split into two groups of six to cross.
Younger brother Ahmed, 21, who has been fighting for ISIS for a year or more, is thought to have persuaded Sugra to join him in Syria over Skype, saying the extremists stood for ‘what is right’.
Now it has emerged the women still get a total of £625.28 a month in child benefit payments, according to the Sun. Sugra, as a mother of five, gets £327.16, while Zohra and Khadija get £149.06 each for both having two children.
A community leader in Bradford, West Yorkshire, told Ben Griffiths at the Sun: ‘They’ve used taxpayers’ money to join these barbarians.