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ISIS recruiter groomed me to be next White Widow, claims UK ex-model

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Subhayan Chakraborty | Updated on: 21 Jun 2018, 04:41:58 PM
ISIS recruiter groomed me to be next White Widow. claims UK ex-model (Representative image)

New Delhi:

A former UK glamour model has made a stunning revelation and claimed that she was groomed by a Pakistani-origin ISIS recruiter to become the next 'White Widow' in Syria. 

ISIS recruiter Naweed Hussain used to send Kimerley Miners 'hundreds of messages' a day and wanted to marry her. She apparantely got brainwashed by the recruiter. 

Hussain, a Briton of Pakistani-origin joined ISIS in Syria in June 2015 got killed last year. 

Referring to Sally Jones, another British female recruit from Kent who moved to Syria with her son but got killed in an airstrike in 2017, the 29-year-old Miners told to a leading British daily that ISIS operatives wanted her to be the next 'White Widow' 

"I was totally taken in. I was groomed and I fell for it. I was a propaganda trophy to be won. I dread to think what would have happened," she said.

The western girls who travel to Syria or Iraq to marry ISIS terrorists are described as White Widow.

Miners was arrested after counter-terrorism police intercepted messages from Hussain asking her to come to Syria. Police directed her to take a terrorism prevention course, but she dropped out and was arrested in October 2016.

She was released with no further action in March last year but said she had been warned that she could spend 10 years in prison.

Miners said that she had taken to social media after losing her baby and fiance and "was all alone".

"I was upset by what was happening in Syria to the children. I started sharing videos of bomb attacks. I soon started receiving lots of friend requests from people in Syria.

"It's embarrassing now but I liked the attention. People have no idea, but ISIS is actively searching Facebook for vulnerable people. People just like me,"  she added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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First Published : 21 Jun 2018, 04:38:12 PM