British teenage jihadist ‘killed during US air strikes on Syria’
Former student from Brighton is said to be among the casualties of American drone attacks on the war-torn crisis country
A teenager from Brighton is reported to have become the first British fighter killed during US-led airstrikes on Islamic fanatics in Syria.
Ibrahim Kamara, 19, also known as Khalil al-Britani, was said to have died during an American drone strike as he slept in the city of Aleppo.
He had been a member of Jabhat al-Nusra – a group linked to Al Qaeda which is fighting the Islamic State (IS) and Syrian president Basher al-Assad’s regime.
His death was reported by two fellow Western fighters, including Amer Deghayes, a fellow Jabhat al-Nusra fighter who is also from Brighton,
Amer, agd 20, posted on his Facebook page that “Ibrahim” had died.
Writing next to a picture of Kamara, Deghayes added: “May Allah Accept You Ibraheem Kamara. What an honor, he always use to tell me he wants to catch up with my brother Abdullah.”
A Swedish fighter using the name Abu Imaad As Sandzaki also said he had been told of Ibrahim’s death by a close friend of the teenager.
A picture posted on Facebook on Tuesday night appears to show Kamara’s face in an unzipped body bag covered in fine sand.
Ibrahim’s own Facebook page said he had recently studied at Vardean college in Brighton.
His mother, Khadijah Kamara, 35, who lives in Brighton, told a newspaper that she felt numb and confused when told that her son was dead.
She said described Ibrahim as a “normal boy”, one of four sons she raised as a single mother, in Holland and Britain, who showed no sign of radicalisation.
She said: “He was just a normal boy, going to school, playing football.
“He wasn’t disrespectful. He just met the wrong people.”
The US later confirmed that it had conducted eight strikes in the west of Aleppo and targets included training camps, an explosives and munitions production facility, and command and control facilities.
The Foreign Office said it was aware of reports of a British man being killed fighting in the country.
Earlier this week Shiraz Maher, a leading commentator on the conflict in Syria and Iraq, had said that he had heard that British fighters were among those killed in recent raids.
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