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The family of IS bride Shamima Begum are “disappointed” the Home Office intends to remove her British citizenship, their lawyer says.

In a statement, Tasnime Akunjee said: “Family are very disappointed with the Home Office’s intention to have an order made depriving Shamima of her citizenship.

“We are considering all legal avenues to challenge this decision.”

Shamima Begum, who fled her London home aged 15 to go to Syria and wed an Islamic State fighter, has told how she wants to come back to Britain.

The 19-year-old gave birth this week in a Syrian refugee camp.

In a letter seen by ITV News, the Home Office said an order “removing her British citizenship” had been made.

The letter, addressed to Shamima Begum’s mother, says: “If you are in contact with your daughter, or are able to establish contact with her shortly, I would be very grateful if you could ensure the Home Secretary’s decision is brought to her attention, along with her right to appeal to the Special Immigration Appeals Commission, that arises as a result of the service and notice of intention to deprive her.”

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has previously said Shamima Begum will “face consequences” for backing the terror organisation.

He admitted the UK could not stop British citizens returning because international law prevents making someone stateless.

But Mr Javid said the government “cannot ignore the threat” of those who left Britain to travel to Syria or Iraq, with more than 350 having returned and a similar number still believed to be in the Middle East.

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