Isis schoolgirl Amira Abase 'marries Australian jihadist who threatened terror attacks on UK'

She was one of three schoolgirls from Bethnal Green who joined the group earlier this year

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One of the three London schoolgirls who fled Britain to join Isis in Syria has married a notorious Australian jihadi, it has been claimed.

Amira Abase, who was only 15 when she left the country with two friends from the Bethnal Green Academy in February, is believed to have wed Abdullah Elmir.

The 18-year-old militant surfaced in Isis propaganda videos last year after disappearing from his family home in Sydney, bragging that Isis would invade the West and “take the head of every tyrant”.

Amira Abase, left, Kadiza Sultana and Shamima Begum walk through Gatwick airport

Elmir, known for his distinctive red hair, was shown in a video released in October wearing a suicide vest and brandishing a Kalashnikov, surrounded by militants holding the flag of the so-called Islamic State.

He said: “Until we put the black flag on top of Buckingham Palace, until we put the black flag on top of the White House, we will not stop, and we will keep on fighting.”

A man claiming to be Elmir contacted the Mail on Sunday, threatening attacks on Britain and saying he had married Amira.

He told the newspaper not to contact his wife again following its publication of an exchange of messages where she attempted to lure an undercover reporter to Syria and greeted news of the Tunisia massacre by saying “lol”, meaning “laugh out loud”.

Abdullah Elmir threatened the UK in an Isis propaganda video

Elmir reportedly told the Mail on Sunday he was issuing a “direct threat” against the UK and claimed he knew British jihadists that were “itching to do an attack”.

Amira, now 16, travelled to Syria during the February half term with Shamima Begum, 15 and Kadiza Sultana, 16, sparking an international manhunt.

Shamima and Kadiza’s families were told they had married Isis fighters earlier this month and were living in the group’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

They are thought to have picked their jihadi husbands from what the Guardian described as a “catalogue” of suitable men in their twenties.

Before their marriages they were kept in a house for “sisters” where they were not permitted to leave without an escort or contact the outside world.

A solicitor representing the families, Tasnime Akunjee, told the Telegraph that: “It has caused a lot of distress. It entrenches their lives in Syria, rather than in Britain. It erodes significantly hopes that they will come back.”

Activists from Eye on the Homeland, an anti-Isis group based in Raqqa, claimed the teenagers were being controlled by a handler known as Umm Layth, believed to be Glasgow student Aqsa Mahmood.

Accounts under the name Umm Layth have called for terrorist attacks on social media, urged other girls to become jihadi brides and named the UK among countries that are “openly waging a war against Muslims and oppressing them”.