Teenager disappeared in Uccle – links between Firdaous and the sister of a terrorist that was shot dead: no comments from the Prosecutor’s Office
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    Teenager disappeared in Uccle – links between Firdaous and the sister of a terrorist that was shot dead: no comments from the Prosecutor’s Office

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    The Brussels Prosecutor’s Office did not want to comment on the various press articles published on Wednesday about Firdaous Bouhaltite Soulaïmane, the 14-year-old girl who disappeared on 24 May. According to them, the articles concerning the adolescent girl, whose disappearance is considered worrying, are likely to jeopardise the investigation and a spontaneous return of the girl. One of these articles discussed links that Firdaous maintained with the sister of one of the terrorists slaughtered in Verviers in 2015.

    “We are moving away from the primary objective of disseminating the search notice that was aimed at finding Firdaous. The information published in the press is likely to compromise the investigation and the possibility of her reappearing spontaneously. We believe that Firdaous is in a precarious situation and that this information is likely to increase her vulnerability”, said the Brussels Prosecutor’s Office.

    Police on Saturday issued a search notice for Firdaous Bouhaltite Soulaïmane, a 14-year-old teenager who left her home in Uccle on Wednesday to go to school and has not been seen since. Investigators believe that Firdaous has been radicalised and is on her way to Syria. This suspicion is taken all the more seriously as it now appears that Yousra (24), her elder sister, is a ‘returnee’ and would have fought in Syria before returning to Belgian territory six months ago.

    Yousra was arrested last Wednesday, the day of Firdaous’s disappearance, and was placed under arrest warrant in the context of a terrorist case, which is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office. The council chamber extended the preventive detention of Yousra (24) and that of her companion (22) on Monday.

    According to several media reports, Yousra and Firdaous were reportedly in contact with Chaimaa Amghar (21), the sister of Soufiane Amghar, one of the two terrorists allegedly killed in Verviers in January of 2015.

    According to the newspaper, Dernière Heure, Firdaous was followed since 2016 in the context of a protection case open to the Brussels Public Prosecutor’s Office following concerns about her possible radicalisation. The girl was allegedly expelled from her school as a result of acts of proselytisation and causing trouble with teachers, and was also placed in the IPPJ (Public Institution for Youth Protection).

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times