Shamima Begum: ‘I didn’t want to be IS poster girl’

In an interview with the BBC’s Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville, Shamima Begum – the schoolgirl who fled London to join the Islamic State group in Syria – has said she never wanted to be an IS “poster girl”. Ms Begum, who has just given birth, said she now wants the UK’s forgiveness and supports “some British values”.

She told the BBC while it was “wrong” innocent people died in the 2017 Manchester attack, it was “kind of retaliation” for attacks on IS. The 19-year-old left Bethnal Green four years ago with two school friends

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