UK official says 2 British IS suspects shouldn't return home

UK official says 2 British IS suspects shouldn't return home
FILE - This Oct. 19, 2017, image from drone video, shows damaged buildings in Raqqa, Syria, two days after Syrian Democratic Forces said military operations to oust the Islamic State group ended. A U.S. military official says that the American-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in January 2018 captured two notorious British members of an Islamic State insurgent cell commonly dubbed “The Beatles” and known for beheading hostages. (AP Photo/Gabriel Chaim)

LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense secretary says two captured Islamic State group extremists who grew up in England should never be allowed to return to the country.

Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson told the Sun newspaper on Saturday: "I don't think they should ever set foot in this country again."

Williamson's remark comes amid reports that Britain already has stripped El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Amon Kotey of their citizenship.

Britain's Home Office refused to confirm the reports, saying it doesn't comment on individual cases.

The two men grew up in London and traveled to the Mideast to join the Islamic State group. U.S. officials have confirmed they were captured in early January in Syria.

Their citizenship matters because Britain in the past demanded that citizens detained by other countries as alleged extremists be returned to face justice.

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