Isis bride Shamima Begum defends Manchester attack

A woman trying to make her way back to the UK after years as an Isis bride has defended the deadly Manchester Arena bombing.

In 2015 at the age of 15, Shamima Begum left the UK for Syria with two friends, desiring a life with the terrorist group.

She married an IS fighter and gave birth to three children. The first two did not survive infancy, but the latest child, a boy, has survived so far. Now living in a Syrian refugee camp, she says wants to return to the UK, which under international law is obliged to take her back.

Begum told the BBC in an interview the Manchester Arena bombing, which killed 22 people in 2017, was comparable to attacks on Syrian people.

"I do feel that it's wrong that innocent people did get killed.

"It's one thing to kill a soldier that is fighting you, it's self-defence, but to kill the people like women and children...

"Just people like the women and children in Baghuz that are being killed right now unjustly, the bombings. It's a two-way thing really."

Her sentiments angered British broadcaster Piers Morgan, who said she was a traitor who should not be allowed into the UK.

"Excuse my language here but sometimes it's entirely appropriate: Go f**k yourselves," he wrote in an opinion piece for The Daily Mail.

Morgan said he had no sympathy for Begum and another IS bride, US woman Hoda Muthana.

"My message to both these brides, and any others like them, is this: You made your ISIS husband beds, now you can rot in hell in them."


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