Missing Bristol girl, 15, ‘may be heading to Syria’

Map of Syria
Police believe the girl is trying to get from Turkey into Syria

A missing teenage Somali girl from Bristol may be attempting to get to Syria, police have said.

Detectives have been tracing the 15-year-old’s movements from the moment she left her home to her arrival in Istanbul, Turkey.

Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said there were indications the girl “may have been radicalised”.

“Our priority is to find her before she crosses the border to Syria and make sure she is safe,” she said.

“We must all be vigilant and ready to spot the signs of radicalisation.

“Often, young Muslims who go to Syria can be naïve and don’t recognise that they are being sucked into joining extremist groups.

“This is not about criminalising these young people, it’s about preventing tragedies.”

The girl’s parents reported her missing last Wednesday.

The student, who police are declining to name, travelled to London where she met a 17-year-old girl from London and both are believed to have travelled from Heathrow Airport.

Avon and Somerset Police said the search involved detectives from the Metropolitan Police and their network of international liaison officers



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