City MP backs pledge to stop radical Muslims

Two bombs, seen on top right, fall on an Islamic State fighters' position in the town of Kobani during airstrikes by the US led coalition, seen from the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border.
Two bombs, seen on top right, fall on an Islamic State fighters' position in the town of Kobani during airstrikes by the US led coalition, seen from the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border.

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THE MP for Portsmouth South says he backs a statement to stop the radicalisation of young Muslims.

Mike Hancock said he agrees with the statement, which has been signed by the leaders of Portsmouth’s main mosques, city council leader Donna Jones and Superintendent Will Schofield, the city’s top police officer.

They branded Isil a ‘violent and terrible’ regime that commits ‘barbaric and inhumane’ acts of violence.

It comes after six men from Portsmouth travelled to Syria to take part in fighting.

Mr Hancock said: ‘I knew some of the men who went over and their families, and I have every sympathy for them and the community. I support anything that brings peace to those families and helps the community to prevent young men and women travelling there in the future.

‘I am glad mosque leaders are working with the city council and the police to stop this from happening, because it really is so sad.’

As reported, Muhammad Mehdi Hassan, 19, a former pupil at St John’s College in Southsea, became the fourth jihadi from Portsmouth to be killed fighting for Isil in Syria in the past year.

Mr Hassan, of Southsea, was killed in Kobani on the border of Syria and Turkey.

He was one of six Portsmouth men who travelled to fight for the terrorist group using the nickname Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys.

Manunur Roshid, 24, of Buckland, was killed on October 17, and Muhammad Rahman, a 25-year-old former Primark worker, died in August. Ifthekar Jaman, 23, died in December.

Mr Hancock added: ‘We still don’t really know what caused these men to go over.

‘We don’t know if it’s what they read on the internet, what they have heard from friends, or anything else.

‘But what I hope is people have the confidence to talk to the police if they are unsure about something, rather than not speaking out.’