A former glamour model has claimed that Islamic State tried to recruit her to become the next ‘White Widow’ on Facebook.
Kimberly Miners, 29, told The Sun she was duped into sharing dozens of propaganda videos by Naweed Hussain, who she met online after sharing the plight of Syrian children.
The 29-year-old, who was arrested after MI5 intercepted messages from Hussain urging her to join him in Syria, said IS planned to use her as a new version of so-called ‘White Widow’ Sally Jones, who is said to have been killed in a drone strike last year.
The mum-of-one, who said she was released when authorities realised she had been conned, told The Sun: “I was totally taken in. I was groomed and I fell for it.
“I was a propaganda trophy to be won, the next Sally Jones. And they wanted me at all costs. I dread to think what would have happened.”
She said Hussain – a British Pakistani who joined IS in Syria in June 2015 – had lavished her with “attention and flattery” and even persuaded her to change her name to Aisha Lauren al-Britaniya.
Kimberley said that after her arrest she learned that Hussain, who was killed in Syria, was also grooming up to ten other British women as jihadis.
One of them, Safaa Boular became Britain’s youngest female terrorist after being convicted alongside her sister and mother of planning to attack the Palace of Westminster. Her relatives were jailed for a total of at least 22 years and Safaa will be sentenced at a later date.
Kimberly told the newspaper she was lonely after suffering a miscarriage and breaking up with her fiance.
“I could so easily have been Safaa Boular. I’m lucky I was arrested when I was,” she told The Sun.