Hundreds of social media users have posted appeals for help after a teenage girl went missing in Manchester after reports she was followed by men in cars. Zainub Batool, 16, was reported missing to police from the Levenshulme area of the city on Saturday (6 February). It was reported she was possibly seen being followed by men in cars at the time she went missing.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said officers have been unable to confirm whether this was the case. It has also been suggested the teenager got into a car outside Levenshulme Library but police have also been unable to confirm this.
Hundreds of social media users shared Batool's image online, the Manchester Evening News reported. She was wearing a maroon abaya, an Islamic dress, and matching hijab at the time she went missing.
Hamza Afzal, a family friend, wrote on Facebook: "We have been out searching for young Zainub for over five hours, we haven't yet been able to locate her, the police are working on the case and I will update you all as more information comes along. Please keep her in your prayers and continue to spread the word."
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "We are trying to get the bottom of what has gone on, it is a missing person enquiry. There are lots of people involved and we are trying to get to the bottom of it. It was first reported to us it was possible some cars were around following her."
If you have information regarding Zainub Batool's disappearance, call Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.