A teenage jihadi bride who fled her home to join Islamic State in Syria may have been radicalised in Whitechapel.
Bethnal Green Academy pupil Sharmeena Begum, 15, left east London for the country in December 2014.
The Mail On Sunday claims she was first radicalised by a group of women belonging to the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) while attending the East London Mosque in Whitechapel.
A few months after Sharmeena left to join Isis, three of her school friends also made the journey – Amira Abase, 16, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Shamima Begum, 15 – after she allegedly groomed them.
A family member told The Mail On Sunday they suspected “rogue individuals” within IFE’s women’s wing, called the Sister Forum, had advised Sharmeena to travel to the country following her mother’s death.
The IFE denied the claims as did other family members.
The family told the Evening Standard said: “Our daughters may have attended the East London Mosque to pray, but to our knowledge have never been associated or a part of the IFE.
“To make claims that the Mosque or the IFE encouraged our daughters to go to Syria is outright disgusting.
“The mosque and even the IFE have a strong track record of speaking out against and condemning extremism, this is well known within our community.
“We can confirm that we have never been pressured by the Mosque nor the IFE to do anything whatsoever, they have only been there to help us in our hour of need.”