Turkish security services searching for three British sisters and their nine children thought headed to join Islamic State militants in Syria have no idea where they are, a Turkish official said on Wednesday. British Muslims Khadija, Sugra and Zohra Dawood and their children, aged between three and 15, were reported missing six days ago. The
husbands of two of the women on Tuesday appealed for their return. The group flew from Saudi Arabia, where they were thought to be on pilgrimage, to Istanbul on June 9, the Turkish security official said. Their families grew concerned when they failed to arrive back in Britain on June 11 as expected and British police contacted their Turkish counterparts for help the next day. “We have no idea if they are in Turkey or have crossed into Syria. We are working to find them but there is no trace of them until now,” the official said.