ISIS fanatics 'try to firebomb' Shamima Begum's tent

ISIS fanatics ‘try to firebomb’ Shamima Begum’s tent after she ‘angered wives’ by wearing make-up and trainers and denouncing the terror group

  • The jihadi bride, 22, was targeted by ISIS fanatics who firebombed her tent
  • Begum has pleaded with lawyers to help her leave camp al-Roj in northern Syria
  • IS wives are allegedly angered by Begum wearing trainers and make-up
  • Her jihadi husband refused to condemn beheadings or the use of sex slaves
  • Yago Riedijk, 29, smiled as he described his married life with Shamima Begum 

Shamima Begum has said that ‘she fears for her life’ after an arson attempt last week. 

The 22-year-old jihadi bride was targeted by ISIS fanatics who firebombed her tent in the Kurdish-run refugee camp al-Roj in northern Syria.

Begum is allegedly the main target after denouncing the terror group as she pleads with lawyers to help her leave the camp.

Shamima Begum (pictured) has said that ‘she fears for her life’ after an arson attempt last week

In September, Begum appeared on Good Morning Britain (above) and begged the UK public for forgiveness and to be allowed to return

IS wives apparently want to kill the former child bride from Bethnal Green, east London.

‘Wearing trainers and make-up has angered the wives,’ a source told the Sun.

It comes after her jihadi husband refused to condemn beheadings or the use of sex slaves and said he still hopes to see a caliphate established.

Speaking in an interview from detention centre in northern Syria, Yago Riedijk, 29, described the couple’s ‘beautiful’ former life under the extremist group.

He said ISIS-claimed attacks on the West were not ‘Islamicly responsible’ because they involved killing innocent people which is ‘prohibited in Islam’ but refused to condemn the group’s violence against Yazidis, who were sold as sex slaves, and other Muslims.

Begum (pictured) is being held in Kurdish-run refugee camp al-Hol in northern Syrian amid an ongoing battle to return to the UK after she was stripped of her citizenship in February 2019

Riedijk also stayed silent on ISIS beheadings, saying only ‘I can’t really comment’ when pushed to condemn the extremist group’s brutal punishments.

The 29-year-old later said he did not believe ISIS was finished and said he still hoped to see a caliphate which adheres to ‘Islamic traditions’ established.

He smiled as he spoke about married life with Begum in the caliphate and described ‘beautiful memories’ of baking cakes as a family.

The Dutch husband of Shamima Begum, Yago Riedijk, (pictured) has described ‘beautiful memories’ of their family life under the ISIS caliphate in an interview from prison

The Dutch extremist married Begum days after she arrived in Syria from East London, aged 15, in 2015 and the couple had three children together, all of whom have died.

Begum is being held in Kurdish-run refugee camp al-Roj in northern Syrian amid an ongoing battle to return to the UK after she was stripped of her citizenship in February 2019.

Riedijk is being held in a detention centre in the same region. He was convicted in a Netherlands court in 2018 for joining the extremist group and will face a six-year jail term if he ever tries to return to Europe.

Timeline: How Shamima Begum’s dream of becoming a jihadi bride saw her stripped of her British citizenship for joining ISIS


  • February 17 – Kadiza Sultana, Amira Abase and Shamima Begum leave their east London homes at 8am to travel to Istanbul, Turkey, from Gatwick Airport. Begum and Abase are reported missing by their families later the same day.
  • February 18 – Sultana is reported missing to the police.
  • February 20 – The Metropolitan Police launch a public appeal for information on the missing girls who are feared to have gone on to Syria.  The Met expresses concerns that the missing girls may have fled to join ISIS. 
  • February 21 – Four days after the girls went missing, police believe they may still be in Turkey. 
  • February 22 – Abase’s father Abase Hussen says his daughter told him she was going to a wedding on the day she disappeared. 
  • March 10 – It emerges that the girls funded their trip by stealing jewellery.


  • August 2016 – Sultana, then 17, is reported to have been killed in Raqqa in May when a suspected Russian air strike obliterates her house.


  • February 13 – Begum, then 19, tells Anthony Loyd of The Times that she wants to return to the UK to give birth to her third child.
  • Speaking from the al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria, Begum tells the paper: ‘I’m not the same silly little 15-year-old schoolgirl who ran away from Bethnal Green four years ago. And I don’t regret coming here.’
  • February 15 – Home Secretary Sajid Javid says he ‘will not hesitate’ to prevent the return of Britons who travelled to join IS.
  • February 17 – Begum gives birth to her third child – a baby boy, Jarrah – in al-Hawl. Her two other children, a daughter called Sarayah and a son called Jerah, have both previously died.
  • February 19 – The Home Office sends Begum’s family a letter stating that it intends to revoke her British citizenship.
  • February 20 – Begum, having been shown a copy of the Home Office’s letter by ITV News, describes the decision as ‘unjust’. 
  • February 22 – Begum’s family write to Mr Javid asking for his help to bring her newborn son to Britain. Shamima’s sister Renu Begum, writing on behalf of the family, said the baby boy was a ‘true innocent’ who should not ‘lose the privilege of being raised in the safety of this country’.
  • Late February – Begum is moved to the al-Roj camp in north-eastern Syria, reportedly because of threats to her life made at al-Hawl following the publication of her newspaper interviews.
  • March 7 – Jarrah dies around three weeks after he was born.
  • March 19 – Begum’s lawyers file a legal action challenging the decision to revoke her citizenship.
  • April 1 – In a further interview with The Times, Begum says she was ‘brainwashed’ and that she wanted to ‘go back to the UK for a second chance to start my life over again’. 
  • May 4 – Bangladesh’s foreign minister Abdul Momen says Begum could face the death penalty for involvement in terrorism if she goes to the country, adding that Bangladesh had ‘nothing to do’ with her.  
  • September 29 – Home Secretary Priti Patel says there is ‘no way’ she will let Begum return to the UK, adding: ‘We cannot have people who would do us harm allowed to enter our country – and that includes this woman.’ 
  • October 22-25 – Begum’s appeal against the revocation of her British citizenship begins in London. Her barrister Tom Hickman QC submits the decision has unlawfully rendered her stateless, and exposed her to a ‘real risk’ of torture or death.


  • February 7 – SIAC rules on Begum’s legal challenge.
  • July 16 – Court of Appeal rules on the case and finds in Begum’s favour.
  • November 23 – Supreme Court hears case. 


February 26 – Supreme Court denies her right to enter UK to fight for British citizenship.    

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