Tooba Gondal, now 25, who lived in Walthamstow, east London, and was a student at Goldsmiths, University of London, is the eldest daughter of a successful London businessman., she left her home in Britain and went to live in the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa.
She uses the pseudonym Umm Muthanna Al Britaniya and known as ‘the ISIS matchmaker’ has been found in a refugee camp in northern Syria, it was reported last night.
She had been trying to flee from ISIS-held Baghuz – the group’s final holdout – to the Turkish border two months ago, has now reappeared in Ain Issa camp with her two children after a failed escape attempt.
She was stopped at a checkpoint close to the Turkish border, detained and taken to the refugee camp.
Through her prolific output on social media, she was said to have commanded a powerful influence on her following of largely young girls. In her rants, she called Britain a ‘filthy country’ and praised the 2015 terror attack on a Paris theatre.
She said she wanted to be repatriated back to the UK, adding: ‘The women and the children [of ISIS] became the victims… if I did not harm anyone, if I committed no harm in Syria for four years, what kind of threat can I be to Britain?’