Sources Confirm Syria Travel
Sources close to the missing family from Luton have said that they are in Syria
The 12 members of the family from Luton went missing after a trip to Bangladesh.
However, Bedfordshire Police said it was aware of suggestions the group was in Syria but these were “uncorroborated”.
Relatives raised the alarm when the family did not return home from their trip after stopping in Turkey.
Reports have also surfaced about how a family home had been raided and another member, Rajia Khanom, had been stopped at Heathrow the day before departing being suspected of trying to go to Syria.
It is believed Ms Khanom had links to banned Islamist group Al-Muhajiroun, which had members in Luton.
The family flew to Bangladesh on 10 April, police said, and flew to Istanbul on 11 May. They were due back at Heathrow three days later but failed to return.
The missing family is Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75, and his wife Minera Khatun, 53. Their daughter Rajia Khanom, 21, and sons Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25, Mohammed Toufique Hussain, 19, Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31, and his wife Sheida Khanam, 27. Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26, and his wife Roshanara Begum, 24, along with three children, aged between one and 11.
A statement by the family who reported them missing said, “We are devastated by the disappearance of these 12 and are very concerned for their safety. This is completely out of character and we are very worried of the danger they may now be in.
Muhammed Abdul Mannan is elderly and both he and Minera Khatun have health issues. This just does not make any sense. We can only think they have been tricked into going there, it is no place for elderly or young people. We would urge any of them to please make contact with us or the police to let us know they are ok.”