Jihadi ‘impressionable and naive’

Published: Monday 27th October 2014 by The News Editor

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The family of the fourth British teenager from the same city to be killed fighting jihad in Syria say he was “impressionable and naive”.

Muhammad Mehdi Hassan went to the war-torn country with a group of friends who called themselves the Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys.

The 19-year-old, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, was killed fighting in Kobani over the weekend after travelling to the country in October last year.

His mother, who did not want to be identified, described her son as a “loving, gentle and a kind boy” and said the group were “normal teenagers with good education working in a bank”.

“Something must have really…their hearts melted when they saw what’s happening in Syria,” she told ITV News.

“They are impressionable boys and they are so naive they didn’t think in balanced way about implication on life.”

A photo of Mehdi’s body emerged on Twitter on Friday and his family previously confirmed to their local mosque that they had received news of his death.

His uncle, Muslim Khan, criticised the government for making it difficult for young people fighting in Syria to return to the UK.

“He tried to come but in the end he was coming to the border but suddenly stopped there and he cannot come back so his mother, father had to come back and they were very sad,” he told ITV.

He added: “If the British government helped them to come back, I think all of them would come back. I believe that.

“They want to come back but they are scared. They (the Government) have said if they come (back) they’ve said they’ll go to prison.”

Out of the group of five friends three have been killed fighting for Islamic State, one is in prison in the UK after being convicted of terrorism offences, and one is believed to be in Syria fighting.

It emerged on Tuesday that another Portsmouth man, Manunur Roshid, had been killed.

The 24-year-old was understood to have joined up with fighters from the Islamic State (IS).

Two of his companions, Ifthekar Jaman, 23, and Muhammad Humidur Rahman, 25, had already died.

Published: Monday 27th October 2014 by The News Editor

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  • bilko67

    Why should we let any of them back? They seem happy enough beheading and raping over there!

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