An English former model who made waves by converting to a very conservative strain of Islam has been arrested on terrorism-related charges for alleged ties to ISIS. Kimberley Miners renounced her Christian faith in 2010 after the death of her father and began practicing Islam instead, a decision that seems to have led her into an underground network of ISIS sympathizers.
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The 27-year-old, who used to get naked in front of cameras for a living, was brought in for questioning after anti-terror agents determined that she might be in possession material likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism. She was released the next day and continues to deny that she has any connection to violence or terrorism.
Investigators noted that Miners’ presence on social media, where she goes by the Muslim moniker Aicha, is potentially linked to accounts belonging to suspected terrorism sympathizers. Miners also posted pictures of herself wearing traditional Islamic garb, including a full veil that covered her face and body.
Miners first came to public attention in September, when authorities were alerted to the possibility that ISIS recruiter Abu Usamah Al Britani was grooming her to become a Jihadi bride. At the time, she complained that the media was treating her unfairly and that her choice of clothing did not prove that she was radicalized.