British female jihadists could return from Syria and attack UK, experts warn

British women who travel to Syria but are barred from fighting in the conflict, could be tempted to return home and carry out terror attacks, experts have warned.

Around 550 Western women have joined Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) but are prevented from engaging in acts of violence by the group’s strict religious code.

However researchers have found evidence that some of the women are keen to become active jihadists and may seek to return to the UK and other western countries in order to carry out terror outrages.

A study by the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue, found many of those who had travelled to the region were becoming increasingly desensitised to the violence around them.