Birmingham ISIS-accused tells British court of meeting women from Trinidad in Syria

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 20:00

A woman accused of going to Syria to join the so-called Islamic State group has told an English court she met women from Trinidad and Tobago at a house in Syria.

The 26-year-old, Tareena Shakil, flew to Turkey telling friends she was going on a beach holiday with a toddler, but ended up living in the IS capital of Raqqa.

After flying from her resort to Gaziantep on the Turkish border, she claimed a contact she met online arranged for her to be driven by cab to an apartment block full of other women of different nationalities.

She said her group crossed the border in a vehicle driven across fields, before swapping vans and being driven to a farmhouse near Jarabalus in Syria, where there were women from France, Qatar, Trinidad, and the Philippines.

Shakil did not say how many women were there or how many were from Trinidad and Tobago.

Earlier this week, the leader of the Islamic Front Umar Abdullah told CNC3 that there were as many as 80 Trinidad and Tobago nationals fighting for ISIS, including women.

Shakil denies joining the banned terror group and encouraging acts of terror through Twitter posts.

The former University of Wolverhampton student, who dropped out because of family problems in 2010, said her travelling to Syria was "not about fighting or killing anybody'' but to live under sharia law.

The trial continues.