Shamima Begum is 'ticking time bomb' if allowed back into the UK says daughter of Brit aid worker beheaded by ISIS

SHAMIMA Begum is a "ticking time bomb" according to the daughter of a British aid worker who was killed by ISIS.

Begum, who ran away to become an ISIS bride in 2015, has been allowed to come back to the UK as part of a battle to regain her lost British citizenship.

Bethany Haines, whose dad David was beheaded by a terror cell dubbed The Beatles in 2014, is convinced that 20-year-old Begum still poses a risk.

Bethany, 23, from Perthshire, said: “From what I gather Begum still has a strong hatred of the UK.

"She’s a ticking time bomb.”

She turned down an offer to meet Begum during a heart-wrenching trip to Syria last year which saw Bethany visit jihadi brides at a refugee camp to try to understand their mindset.

Her father, David Haines, 44, was helping refugees in a camp near the Turkish border when he was captured in March 2013.

He was held for 18 months before being beheaded by Mohammed Emwazi – the Briton known as Jihadi John – in September 2014.

ISIS used sickening footage of his killing as propaganda, along with the executions of British charity worker Alan Henning, US journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, and American aid volunteer Peter Kassig.


Begum was 15 when she fled East London with two school friends in 2015 and travelled to Syria.

She married Dutch terror fighter Yago Riedijk, 23. They had two children who died of malnutrition and disease.

Begum was stripped of her UK ­passport after she was found, nine months pregnant, at a Syrian refugee camp in February last year.

Her third child died of pneumonia aged three months in the Kurdish camp.

On Thursday, the Court of Appeal gave her the right to appeal the decision to revoke her citizenship and said she can return to the UK to fight the battle.

The move could open the floodgates for other ISIS brides to return to Britain.

Bethany went to Syria with a film crew to visit key sites – including the spot where her dad’s executioner was killed in a drone strike in 2016.

She said: “I was nervous going to the camps because I knew I could potentially meet someone with strong ties and an allegiance to ISIS, but it was the right thing to do.

“I was given the opportunity to meet Begum but I firmly declined.

“In my opinion she’s realised staying in camps isn’t an enjoyable experience and that the UK is the best option for her.

“She knew what she was getting herself into. She needs to live with the consequences.”

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