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Britain's twin girls, 16, feared to have gone to Syria

Published on Jul 10, 2014 12:39 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Two 16-year-old twin girls from a Somalian family in Britain have disappeared from their family home and are feared to have travelled to Syria, counter-terror police said on Wednesday.

Salma and Zahra Halane vanished from the family home in Manchester, north-west England, two weeks ago. They flew to Turkey and are thought to have crossed the border into war-torn Syria.

It is understood an older brother has joined the extremist militant group Islamic State, and one line of inquiry is that the girls may have travelled to join him.

The Muslim youngsters, said to be deeply religious, have ignored their family's pleas for them to return home and told them they have no intention of coming back.

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