Syria girls 'not coerced into marriage', say families

A solicitor representing the families of the east London schoolgirls who disappeared to Syria has confirmed two of them have made contact to say they have married two men.

Tasnime Akunjee said that the girls had made contact via social media, and that their families were grieving over the news that they had been dreading.

Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16, disappeared after telling their parents they were going out for the day.

Mr Akunjee said the men the girls married are in their 20s, but said it is not known whether they are IS fighters.