Place of Birth: Adelaide, Australia;
Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif is a 24-year-old from Adelaide woman who chatted to jihadi brides online and had knowledge of a terror attack before it happened did not understand that she was a member of Islamic State.
She studied at the Islamic College of South Australia until 2011 and completed Year 12 at Roma Mitchell Secondary College.
In March 2016, she quit her diploma of science and technology at the University of South Australia, which she had been studying with the hope of becoming a nurse, and decided to “follow a different path”. Abdirahman-Khalif lived with her mother and two brothers at Mansfield Park, in Adelaide’s north-west.
Abdirahman-Khalif was stopped by police at Adelaide Airport while trying to board a plane to Istanbul, Turkey, in July 2016.
She told officers she was taking a last-minute holiday, despite having a small amount of clothing, no return flight and less than $200 ($180)in funds.
She has been jailed for three years after she was found to be a member of the Islamic State terror group.
Zainab Abdirahman-Khalif communicated with other members and organised a trip to join the Islamic State before she was arrested, lied to police and showed no remorse for her involvement.
The 24-year-old was last year found guilty by a supreme court jury, in South Australia’s first terrorism trial, and showed no emotion as Justice David Peek sentenced her.
Peek said Abdirahman-Khalif had repeatedly expressed support for the Islamic State and jihad by playing chants about martyrdom, infidels, extreme violence, killing and death.
The court heard 378 audio files associated with the Islamic State were found on her phone, along with 125 videos from an Islamic State media organisation, 62 of which contained extremist material including vision of buildings being blown up, captives being executed and dead bodies on the ground.
The court heard she had been repeating oaths and singing songs connected to Islamic State in her bedroom.
Abdirahman-Khalif was also in communication with three young African women who carried out a bombing in Mombasa, Kenya, in September 2016, for which the Islamic State later claimed responsibility.
The Somalian refugee was later released but arrested at the Port Adelaide Tafe campus in May 2017, following a police investigation. Abdirahman-Khalif spent the first 14 years of her life in refugee camps, which deprived her of a normal childhood and narrowed her real-world experience.
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