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Boy (17) becomes Britain's youngest suicide bomber

The family of a teenager believed to be Britain's youngest suicide bomber said they have been left "utterly devastated and heartbroken by the unspeakable tragedy" of his death.

Talha Asmal, who reportedly detonated a vehicle fitted with explosives while fighting for Isil in Iraq, has been described as "a loving, kind, caring and affable teenager", who never harboured any ill will against anybody.

But in a statement released today, his family said those who sent the 17-year-old to his death had preyed on his "innocence and vulnerability".

His death has not yet been officially confirmed, but they said photographs showing a youth purportedly named Abu Yusuf Al-Britany appear to depict their son.

The teenager fled his home in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, in March to allegedly join Isil along with his friend Hassan Munshi, who was also 17.

They said despite the fact he had never exhibited any radical views, he had been exploited by extremists on the internet "in a process of deliberate and calculated grooming of him".

Unbeknown to them they said he travelled to Iraq via Turkey and fell under the spell of Isil handlers who are "too cowardly to do their own dirty work".

Describing themselves as a "peace-loving and law-abiding British Muslim family", they said they unreservedly condemned all acts of violence.

"As a family we would like to take this opportunity to unequivocally state that 'Isis' (Isil) are not Islam.

"They do not represent in any way, shape or form Islam and Muslims and we are no longer prepared to allow a barbaric group like 'Isis' to hijack our faith," they added.

Irish Independent