UK family detained in Turkey

A 33-year-old woman has been detained in Turkey after the Met's Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) appealed for information to trace her and her four children, who had gone missing from their home in Waltham Forest, east London last week.


Missing mother and four children
Photo: Met Police

Last week police appealed for information after Zahera Tariq, 33, vanished with children Muhammad, 12, Amaar, 11, Aadid, four and Safiyyah, nine.

They were last seen at her home address in Walthamstow, east London, last Tuesday, and were believed to have flown from London City Airport to Amsterdam later the same day.

Officers were concerned that the woman had been considering travelling to Syria with her four children. 

Tuesday, 1 September, officers received confirmation from the Turkish authorities that the woman had been detained in Turkey, along with her four children, who are all said to be safe and well. Officers are liaising with the Turkish authorities and enquiries continue.

Commander Richard Walton, from the Met's Counter Terrorism Command, said: "I'd like to thank the public and media for their help and support with our appeal to locate this mother and her four young children over the weekend.

"We had very real concerns that she may have been planning to travel with her children to Syria and she has now been detained with the children in Turkey.

"I would also like to thank our police counterparts in the Netherlands and Turkey, with whom we continue to have excellent working relationships."