Friday 30 September 2016

Boy (17) becomes Britain's youngest suicide bomber

Paul Sandle

Published 15/06/2015 | 02:30

Talha Asmal, also known as Abu Yusuf al-Britani
Talha Asmal, also known as Abu Yusuf al-Britani

A 17-year old who left England to join Isil became Britain’s youngest suicide bomber when he blew himself up in a car in northern Iraq.

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The young man, named as Abu Yusuf al-Britani, was shown in photos posted on Isil-affiliated social media accounts, the ‘Guardian’ newspaper reported.

The posts said he then took part in a suicide attack in Iraq’s Salahuddin province.

He is believed to be Talha Asmal, a teenager who left West Yorkshire in March, and was thought to have joined Isil,  according to a statement from his family, who say the news has left them crushed.

“We are all naturally utterly devastated and heartbroken by the unspeakable tragedy that now appears to have befallen us,” the statement said.

Security services have estimated that at least 600 Britons have gone to Syria or Iraq to join militant groups, including the man known as “Jihadi John” who has appeared in several Isil beheading videos.

Hundreds of other Europeans have also joined the fight.

The family said Asmal came from a close-knit, hardworking, peace-loving and law-abiding British Muslim family, and the entire family unreservedly condemned and abhorred all acts of violence wherever they were perpetrated.

According to media reports, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) said ‘al-Britani’ was one of four suicide bombers – with the others said to be a German, a Kuwaiti and a Palestinian – who took part in the attack.

Isil controls swathes of territory in eastern Syria and northern Iraq where it has declared an Islamic caliphate.

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