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Somali-British Teenage Twin Sisters who Aspired to be Doctors now in Syria Training to be Killers



Salma and Zahra Halane BellaNaija

A pair of Somali-British Teenage twin sisters who aspired to train as doctors, are feared to have relocated to Syria to train as killers with the ISIS terror group.

It is suspected that their elder brother, who quit school to become a jihadist fighter for  ISIS last year, may have been one of their major inspirations for deciding to join the group, according to Daily Mail.

The sixteen-year-old girls, Salma and Zahra Halane, were reputed to have achieved great academic excellence while in school, and achieved 28 GCSEs between them last summer. These exam results put them in the top 10 per cent of their year class at Whalley Range High School for Girls in Manchester. It was their dream to follow in the footsteps of their elder sister, who attends a medical school in Denmark.

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Also, their family and loved ones described them as “regular” teenagers who showed no signs of having radical or extremist views. As a result, the news that they may have left Manchester to train as terrorists in Syria, came as a huge shock to all who knew them.

The Halane twins reportedly ran away from their parents’ U.K home in the middle of the night last month. They were said to have caught a flight to Turkey, and then crossed the border from there.

Police authorities are currently investigating the case. Many questions still remain unanswered. For instance, how did the girls fund their trip? It is feared that they may have been sponsored by jihadi fighters who want them as their wives.

According to reports, it is estimated that about 1,500 Britons may have traveled to Syria to fight alongside terrorists.

Photo Credit: Daily Mail


  1. Mz Socially Awkward...

    July 10, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    On a very sobering note, the rise of ISIS is a problem that all of us need to be very worried about and I don’t know why the news agencies aren’t spending more time/coverage on it. We’ve never seen extremist militants like this and they’re progressively growing as a group.

    A lot of British muslims also seem to be adding to their numbers, which makes you wonder what kind of recruitment drive they’re currently carrying out right here and right now on UK soil. We don’t even know where else they’re drawing support from but they’ve clearly become the power threatning to take control of the Middle East. Imagine what kind of change is going to take place in global politics (and the economy, thanks to their oil) if they do.

  2. Nonso

    July 10, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    My point is – when you don’t have JESUS in your life, its easy for the devil to use. People reported the girls were regular teens , yeah rite. Teenagers of these days are worst than adults.

  3. Better

    July 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Great!! They should all leave the to where they find sanity. I hope,fellow Muslims join them. They should their own Muslim state. So that they can leave others alone.

    • MINA

      July 10, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      These same religion always causing trouble from the beginning of time. You can toss it and turn it how you want, the truth is the truth. I am sick and tired of hearing daily troubles from this same evil religion set up by a pedophile. One minute they are raping little kids (like their founder), killing themselves with bombs and others all in the name of their so called god and founder, then they are marrying & sleeping with 6 yr olds , etc etc i mean this is too much,

      Their wahala is way too much. Yes some of them will come on here and say “we are not all like that'” – yes you may not be all like that but then speak to those evil brothers and sisters of yours to stop all this nonsense. If your plan is to take over the world or think you can continue to put fear in people you will never win and WE BIND YOU IN JESUS NAME. The ease at which i see some of them in meat market slicing meat (cutting goats neck) etc, I said hmm, this is like 2nd nature to these people. Shedding blood gives them satisfaction.


      I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THEIR BULLSHYT.. Why would u recruit such beautiful innocent kids to such nonsense.

    • akumbu

      July 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      @MINA, I have to call you out on your comment – it’s so full of bigotry, I can’t even deal.
      FYI, just because members of an organization carry out acts of terrorism under religious auspices, it does not mean they are representative of the tenets of said religion. Do me a favour and read up a bit on the KKK and the LRA (to cite a few examples), would you? And since we’re feeling all sanctimonious and biblical, how about meditating on the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37) for good measure? Shalom.

    • el patron

      July 10, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      Am Sorry But this is dumb! And you yourself you are brainwashed..only God knows who is serving him..dont judge.

    • E-comment

      July 11, 2014 at 11:10 am

      @ Mina Jesus will be so ashamed of your comment. Very UN Christ like to express so much hate and bigotry in a world where we should be promoting peace and unity. You are no better than the terrorists. It starts from bigotry and ignorance….pot calling kettle black.
      The message is clear for those who are faithful and secure in their belief that no one should kill or terrorize. It’s not rocket science. How people then choose to manipulate the message or interprete it is left to them. At the end of the day only God Himself knows the true believer and worshipper. Religion is not some kind of a competition. To each his own. So many amazing Muslims out there but you choose to see the ones slandering the faith of Islam. Sad.

    • Dee-USA

      July 11, 2014 at 11:55 am

      “…speak to those evil brothers of yours and sisters of yours to stop all this nonsense.” I take it you have spoken to the evil Christian brothers and sisters who’ve raped, murdered or committed crimes, about stopping their acts? Please do tell, how did it go?

      You should be ashamed of your comment, which fortunately the Internet allows you to make anonymously. Because someone who makes such a prejudicial and disgusting statement need not be identified.

  4. sum1special

    July 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    At this point, we should be very worried.

  5. mujer

    July 10, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    They were already terrorists at heart. Having smiley faces and all that does not mean you share values with others. This is why parents should not indoctrinate hate in their kids. I remember my mom telling me yoruba people ate poop because they were dirty. That prejudicial perspective made me not eat the best akara in my neighborhood despite everybody’s praise for it. Why? It was made by a yoruba woman. My mom told me Hausa people had leprosy. Till today, I still look twice before I shake their hands. I am trying hard to be loving. But I can only accomplish when I am off guard. Of course that only comes from knowing people for abit and studying them. I love all people through christ’s love for me. But I tell you the power of words that are issued when a child is very young has long lasting subconscious effects on how we perceive others, our mission on earth and our willingness to engage in certain interactions and behaviors. Preach LOVE all the time.

    • TheresaO

      July 10, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!
      Initially when Boko Haram were killing Christians and bombing Churches, many Muslims and even some foreigners blamed poverty and illiteracy. What would you attribute these girls’ decision to become jihadists to? There are currently about 500 Britons fighting with Islamic terrorists and it has nothing to do with poverty or society, but indoctrinated hatred.

      I live in the UK, and I know how the government has bent backwards to accommodate everyone, even Muslims. There are Islamic schools, Islamic courts, mosques, halal shops, etc. Even though UK was built on Christian ideologies, the government is quick to dismiss or ban Christian views that might not please Muslims. Yet, there are some Muslims who just cannot live in peace with kafirs, unbelievers! They speak about ‘bloody kafirs’, curse them, blame them for all the ills in society, to the hearing of their children. Tomorrow when these ‘bright’ children join Jihadist movements, their parents feign ignorance and claim radicalization by others.

      Charity begins at home. Parents train/instruct your children in the way they should go, when they are older, they won’t depart from it. If you train them to hate as infants, they will not depart from it as teenagers or young adults. But you can reverse their fate. Let them know you were wrong, let then know its okay for others to be different from us in our religion, culture, or worldview. And let them know just because others are different does not make you (or your kids) superior or justified to hate. There can be unity in diversity because we all belong to the same family-Humanity.

  6. Narnia

    July 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    These are defo the last days! I pray for the protection of my family and friends and their family and their friends! Basically everyone!!! Boko haram today Isis tomorrow! It is well

  7. @edDREAMZ

    July 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Wasted brains and beauty… What a choice after all the gud choices in life…..

  8. dfd

    July 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    islam should be banned?

  9. Nams

    July 10, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    LORD have mercy all this make u think twice before saying ur muslim , where are we going with all this mess

  10. Ada

    July 10, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    I wonder what has entered into some People?Not even all the money in the world can make me lay down my life,all in the name of religion.Just like theresa has said charity begins @ home.

  11. Tahir

    July 11, 2014 at 1:43 am

    u guyz keep on criticizing, do u eva take time to learn wat d so called super powers do to d muslim lands. afterall sorry is all dey get after evrytin had been displaced in der lands yet u say u wan peace ib d world. wen all de do in d UN is to infringe ban on nations dat do not support der evil proportions while de force it down d natives throghts. pls learn abt isreal bombins in palestine & ask ursef wat d UN has bn doin abt it. ur problem is dat Islam is a complete way of life dat is not submissive to ur evil aspirations u portray to b normal through d media. d west can do all dey want bt @lst leave d muslim lands alone. wat ds ladys had done is to assist der muslim brothers and sister to liberate der land. if ladys should b involved dat should make d world ask questions.

    • Steve

      July 11, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Your comment is the reason we have the problem we are having in the world today. I am shocked at your statement and justification of terror, moreso appalled that your comment Which promotes violence would be approved by the Bella Naija team.

    • gonefishing

      September 2, 2014 at 10:52 pm

      There is no such thing as muslim land or, for that matter, whoever else’s land!!!

  12. kim

    July 11, 2014 at 10:17 am

    thank u steve. God bless u.

  13. teniola

    July 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

    I get that recent happenings make us think the worse, but why do we think they were brainwashed into being fighters or Jihadi wives or something bad. According to the report, they were clever girls, couldn’t they have gone to help, volunteer work, red cross things. I read that they were aspiring doctors, what if they went to nurse innocent injured people, just to encourage the innocent suffering people. One thing, I know about war zones is that, is the innocents who have nothing to do with the war that suffer most. Ideologies over there is different, is we Nigerians that would never think of putting our bodies in war torn zones. We’d rather pray for them. The way we keep jumping over each other to condemn others behavior, it’s fascinating and saddening. Like someone said above, it is about upbringing. Our parents would be better compared to the monsters we would be raising very soon. We all know the truth and what is right, but we are wired to blame others.

  14. babytogbasky

    July 15, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Na dem sabi, if there was a way they( people of dat religion) would depopulate themselves by acts of terrorism, the better for peace loving ones. After all, if their numbers reduce to the barest minimum, we can safely garg the rest.

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