Missing father was ‘member of banned Muslim extremist group’

Extremist cleric says Asif Malik, who is feared to be travelling to Syria with his wife and four young children, was a ‘champion of shariah’ and a member of banned group al-Muhajiroun

A British Muslim father who police fear is travelling to Islamic State with his four young children was a member of a banned extremist group, it has emerged.

Police are hunting Asif Malik, his partner Sara Kiran and their family who have gone missing and are feared to be travelling to Syria.

The parents and daughter Zoha, seven; son Essa, four; son Zakariya, two; and one-year-old son Yhaya – have not been seen for nearly two weeks.

Anjem Choudary, the radical Muslim cleric, confirmed Malik had been a member of the banned group al-Mujahiroun and described him as a “champion for shariah” who regularly attended the group’s events and demonstrations.