Police are appealing for information about a woman and her four children who have gone missing from their home in Waltham Forest.
Zahera Tariq, 33 (08.07.1982), was last seen at her home address in Walthamstow on Tuesday, 25 August at 08:00hrs and is believed to have left the country later that day via London City Airport with her four children on a flight to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has not been seen or heard from since.
A family member contacted police on Wednesday, 26 August to report that they were missing. After further enquiries officers and family members are concerned that Zahera may be considering travelling to Syria with her children.
Detectives are releasing two CCTV images of Zahera with her four children at London City Airport prior to their departure to Amsterdam on Tuesday and officers are liaising with international partners including those in the Netherlands in order to trace them.
Commander Richard Walton, from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15), said:
“We’re concerned about Zahera and her four children and we’re doing all we can to work with our partners and colleagues both here and abroad to try and locate them and make sure they are all safe and well.
“Whilst we do have some concerns that Zahera may be thinking of travelling to Syria, there is no current information to suggest that she’s already travelled there. Her family are extremely worried about her and her three sons and daughter and we would urge anybody with information to contact us as soon as possible.”
Zahera is described as an Asian woman of medium build, approximately 5ft 3ins tall, with long black hair.
Her oldest son, Muhammad is 12 years old and is said to be of medium build, approximately 5ft tall and has medium-length black hair.
Her second son, Amaar, is 11 years old, with a skinny build and medium-length black hair
Her daughter, Safiyyah, is nine years old, of skinny build and long black hair.
Her youngest son, Aadid, is four years old and has black hair.
Anyone with information regarding Zahera and her children’s whereabouts should call the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.