Family ‘heartbroken’ over IS Briton

Published: Sunday 14th June 2015 by The News Editor

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The family of a British teenager reportedly killed while fighting for Isis in Iraq said they had been left “utterly devastated and heartbroken by the unspeakable tragedy” and those who sent him to his death had preyed on his “innocence and vulnerability”.

Talha Asmal, who reportedly became Britain’s youngest suicide bomber when he detonated a vehicle fitted with explosives, has been described as “a loving, kind, caring and affable teenager”, who never harboured any ill will against anybody.

In a statement released today, his family said, despite his death not being officially confirmed, photographs showing a youth purportedly named Abu Yusuf Al Britany appear to depict their 17-year-old son.

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

The family said he came “from a close-knit, hard-working, peace-loving and law-abiding British Muslim family” who unreservedly “condemns and abhors all acts of violence wherever perpetrated”.

They said despite him never exhibiting any extreme or radical views, he had been exploited by extremists on the internet “in a process of deliberate and calculated grooming of him”.

Unbeknown to them and completely against their will, they said he travelled to Iraq via Turkey and fell under the spell of Isis handlers who are “too cowardly to do their own dirty work”.

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

“We need time and understanding to come to terms with our unimaginable and painful loss.

“As a family we would like to take this opportunity to unequivocally state that ‘Isis’ 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.

“‘Isis’ – not and never in our name.”

Published: Sunday 14th June 2015 by The News Editor

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