A BRITISH glamour model thought to be being groomed to become an ISIS jihadi bride has been arrested, The Sun reports. Kimberley Miners, 27, who has posed topless was questioned by anti-terror cops on Friday.
She was quizzed by police for alleged offences under the Terrorism Act 2000 after repeated warnings about contacting jihadi’s online. Cops also searched her home in Bradford. West Yorks, before releasing her on bail yesterday evening pending further investigation, The Sunday Times reports.
A spokeswoman for the North East Counter Terrorism Unit said: “As part of an ongoing investigation, officers have arrested a 27-year-old woman from Bradford on suspicion of the possession of terrorist material.” Last month she was found to be communicating with a sick ISIS jihadi in Syria and he was understood to want her to leave the UK and join the twisted group’s ‘caliphate’.
Miners appears on social media under the alias Aisha Lauren al-Britaniya and has posted images of Muslim women brandishing rifles and other weapons. Pictures show her fully veiled or with only her blue eyes on display, but in public she wears skinny jeans and leaves her long blonde hair uncovered.
Miners revealed on Friday that she had travelled to Turkey – the most common springboard for Syria – on two previous occasions and planned to visit the country again this autumn, although she denied wanting to marry a jihadist. It is understood that her activities, which include “liking” and sharing ISIS videos, have triggered an investigation by anti-terrorist police and MI5.
They have spoken to her up to four times and referred her to an anti-radicalisation programme. She has been warned that she faces arrest if she continues to engage in extremism. Miners insists that she disagrees with ISIS beheadings and said she was primarily concerned about the plight of Syria’s refugee children.
However, the former model admitted being in direct contact on Facebook with an ISIS recruiter called Abu Usamah al-Britani. The fighter appears to be brazenly using social media to groom a new generation of jihadist brides from Britain and the West.
In one message last week he posted an image of a kitten wearing a suicide belt along with a caption threatening bombings against Shi’ite Muslims. Miners responded with a string of jokey emojis. Miners, who comes from a Christian family, first appeared in the national media in 2009 when she was juggling her job as a street cleaner in Bradford with a fledgling career as a topless model.
She said: “People think it’s really odd that I can be something so glamorous yet do something so dirty by day but I love it.” Her transformation is thought to have begun about a year later when she was deeply affected by the death of her father, Anthony, in a freak drowning.
A relative said that “she never recovered from it.” Miners appears to have found solace in the company of Muslim friends, including another white convert. She said her interest in Islam was sparked last year, adding: “I found peace through it all,” Miners said from her semi-detached home.
She said she twice visited Turkey on “holiday” last October, but indicated that she had ended up in a refugee camp close to the Syrian border. Miner added: “I remember seeing a three-year-old and a little baby at the side of the road.
“I felt like I needed to carry on telling everyone this is what’s really going on. I just want to help them children … it’s so sad what they’re going through.” Her interest in the Syrian civil war, however, has progressed to watching and sharing violent Isis videos under her “Aisha al-Britaniya” alias on Facebook.
She said: “I’ve shared a lot of bombs and stuff; I’ve shared a lot of videos.” Asked if she supported Isis, she added: “We get told that they are there to protect the religion. I don’t really know – that’s what’s got me into trouble.”
And she admitted she was in contact with Abu Usamah last month. Miners added: “He was saying, ‘If you can leave England, then just leave.’”