‘British jihadist’ killed in Iraq

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A married father-of-two is believed to have become the second British

jihadist to have killed himself while fighting in Syria and Iraq.

The man, named in reports as Kabir Ahmed, from Derby, is believed to

have been involved in a suicide bomb attack in the town of Beiji,

north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, two days ago.

Going under the name Abu Sumayyah, the 32-year-old is said not to have

told his family that he was fleeing Britain to fight for terrorist

organisation Islamic State.

It would make Ahmed the second British jihadist suicide bomber, after

Abdul Waheed Majeed – a 41-year-old father-of-three from Crawley in

West Sussex – blew himself up in February when he drove a lorry laden

with explosives into a jail in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Ahmed's identity was confirmed by Shiraz Maher, from the International

Centre for the Study of Radicalisation at King's College in London,

which monitors social media accounts of alleged jihadists.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Maher wrote: "British foreign fighter, Abu

Sumayyah, (real name: Kabir Ahmed) from Derby carried out a suicide

bombing in Baiji, Iraq, yesterday.

"British suicide bomber in Iraq, Abu Sumayyah (Kabir Ahmed) originally

joined Jund al-Sham in Syria and then moved to Islamic State.

"Abu Sumayyah (Kabir Ahmed), British suicide bomber in Iraq, was 32,

married, and had children."

The Foreign Office is now looking into the incident. A spokesman said:

"We are aware of reports of the death of a British national in Iraq

and are looking into them."

Ahmed was one of three men to be jailed in 2012 for handing out a

leaflet calling for gay people to be executed.

Ahmed, with two others, distributed material entitled The Death

Penalty? that showed an image of a mannequin hanging from a noose and

quoted Islamic texts that said capital punishment was the only way to

rid society of homosexuality.

Following a trial at Derby Crown Court, Ahmed and two co-defendants

Ihjaz Ali and Razwan Javed were convicted of distributing threatening

written material intending to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual

orientation – the first prosecution of its kind since legislation came

into force in March 2010.

The leaflet stated that the Islamic verdict on anyone caught

committing homosexuality is to apply capital punishment to both

parties involved.

It said: ''The death sentence is the only way this immoral crime can

be erased from corrupting society and act as a deterrent for any other

ill person who is remotely inclined in this bent way.''

Judge John Burgess told the men their intention was "to do great harm

in a peaceful community".

Ahmed died when he drove a truck packed with explosives into a convoy

of a top Iraqi police officer, killing eight people including the

ranking official, authorities said.

The blast killed Lt Gen Faisal Malik Zamel, who was inspecting forces

in the town, and seven other police officers, while wounding 15

people, hospital staff and police officers.

It comes as the US confirmed it conducted a series of air strikes

targeting Islamic State (IS) leaders in the north of the country,

although it was not known whether IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was

among those targeted.

Association Press

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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