Shamima Begum has apologized for saying the bombing of the Manchester Arena was ‘justified’.
The 22-year-old East London schoolgirl who fled her home in 2015 to join the terrorist group Isis was questioned about comments she made about the bombing of Good Morning Britain today (Wednesday).
In 2019, she said the attack, which killed 22 people, was ‘justified’ due to airstrikes that killed civilians in Syria.
Begum said she regretted her actions and asked the British people for forgiveness.
She said, “I do not believe that one evil justifies another evil. I do not think that women and children should be killed for the motives of others and for the agendas of others. ”
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Begum said she did not know women and children were injured in Manchester.
“I did not know about the bombing in Manchester when I was asked. I did not know that people were killed, I did not know that women and children were injured because of it, ”she said.
Speaking from Syria, wearing a Nike baseball cap and gray vest, Begum said it was ‘not justifiable to kill innocent people in the name of religion’.
She also apologized to everyone who has been influenced by the actions of Isis and the terrorist group.
She said: “Of course I am in another camp. I have friends now. I have a safety shield now around me with my friends and I feel more confident in myself.
“I obviously do not have my son anymore, so I only have to think about my safety, so if I get attacked for taking off my hijab, it’s on me.
“While I am in this camp, I try to change myself. I try to improve myself because I can. ”
In an apology to the public, she said: “Of course, I am completely sorry for everyone who has been influenced by Isis.
“I in no way agree with what they did, I do not, I do not try to justify what they did, it is not justifiable to kill innocent people in the name of religion.”
Begum, who has had her British citizenship revoked by the Home Office for national security reasons, said she knew it was ‘very difficult’ for British people to forgive her because of living in fear of Isis.
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“But I have also lived in fear of Isis, and I also lost loved ones because of Isis, so I can sympathize with them that way,” she added.
“I know it’s very hard for them to forgive me, but I say from the bottom of my heart that I’m so sorry if I’ve ever offended anyone by coming here, if I’ve ever offended anyone. know the things I said. “
Begum added that she could help Boris Johnson in ‘your fight against terrorism because you clearly do not know what you are doing’.
She said: “I would say that you are clearly fighting extremism and terrorism in your country.
“And I want to help share my own experience with these extremists and what they say and how they persuade people to do what they do and to get to places like Syria.
“I think I could help you a lot in your fight against terrorism because you clearly do not know what you are doing.”
She added that even though she believes the only crime she committed was to be ‘stupid enough’ to get to Isis, she still deserves a fair trial.
She said: “Honestly, the only crime I think I committed was being stupid enough to get to Isis, and even that can be disproved because I was 15 when I came and you can not, you by, convicting a 15-year-old for having made a mistake that he or she very quickly regretted having made.
“If you really think I did this, why not bring me back and stand trial and hear my side of the story.
“If you, if you honestly believe it, do not think I’m just going to jail for it.
“The fact that you think I’d rather rot here, instead of face trials … the democracy you live in, says everyone deserves a fair trial.”
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