Bethnal Green Jihadi bride Shamima Begum ‘has given birth to baby boy’ her family announces

Bethnal Green Jihadi bride Shamima Begum 'has given birth to baby boy' her family announces

Shamima Begum, the Jihadi bride who fled Britain three years ago, has given birth in Syria, her family has announced.

A statement published on Twitter on Sunday morning said: “We the family of Shamima Begum have been informed that Shamima has given birth to her child, we understand that both she and the baby are in good health.

“As yet, we have  not had direct contact with Shamima, we are hoping to establish communications with her soon so that we can verify the above.”

Tasnime Akunjee, their solicitor, later revealed it was a boy.

Shamima, 19, who is living at the al-Hawl refugee camp in Syria, has expressed fears her baby will be taken from her if she manages to return to Britain.

She fled her home in Bethnal Green, east London in 2015 to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) in Syria, but last week, it emerged she wants to come home.

Her family has said that if she is jailed for supporting of a terrorist group they want to step in to raise the child, rather than having the taxpayer pick up the cost.

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