Scots family ‘sickened’ by IS daughter’s comment

Aqsa Mahmood  has posted on her blog about Friday's attacks. Picture: PA
Aqsa Mahmood has posted on her blog about Friday's attacks. Picture: PA
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The family of a Scottish woman who travelled to Syria to marry an Islamic State fighter have said they are “sickened” after a post on her blog praised the shooting in Tunisia and attacks in Kuwait and France as “a day that will go down in history”.

A poem written on the site run by Aqsa Mahmood, who left her Glasgow home in November 2013, described the attacks that took place on Friday as “revenge”.

The post emerged after the shooting at the beach resort where 38 people were killed, the suicide bombing at a Shia mosque in Kuwait and the beheading in France.

On the blog, under the name Umm Layth, the poem read: “In three different locations a family was born.

“Its name was change, freedom and revenge.”

It goes on: “Kuwait, France and Tunisia is where they reside. They left a mark which will always remain. Permanent and blunt.”

Her family described the words in the 21-year-old’s post as “twisted and evil”.

A statement issued through solicitor Aamer Anwar on their behalf said: “The family of Aqsa Mahmood became aware yesterday of her blog Umm Layth posting praise for the attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait.

“They are full of rage at her latest diatribe masquerading as Islam during the holy month of Ramadan.

“Whilst their daughter may have destroyed any chance of happiness for her own family, they are sickened that she now celebrates the heartbreak of other families. The Mahmood family have a message for any young person attracted to Isis, they say there is no honour, no glory, no god at work in the cowardly massacre of holidaymakers, people at prayer in a Shia mosque or an innocent man at his place of work.”

The statement added: “As for Aqsa’s words they can only be described as twisted and evil, this is not the daughter that they raised.

“The Mahmoods’ thoughts and prayers are with the families who are grieving 
for the loss of their loved 
ones.”

Last year a Twitter account under the name Umm Layth, believed to be Ms Mahmood, said: “Follow the examples of your brothers from Woolwich, Texas and Boston.

“If you cannot make it to the battlefield then bring the battlefield to yourself.”

The post was made on the Twitter account in June 2014. The account was later deactivated.

Ms Mahmood was a pupil at Craigholme School and Shawlands Academy in Glasgow.

She travelled through Turkey to Aleppo in Syria. Her family have described her as a “studious and ambitious girl” and said they “cannot understand why she has travelled to Syria”.