Final ‘Portsmouth jihadi’ Assad Uzzaman dies in Syria

  • Academic has told national newspaper Assad Uzzaman, 25, has died
  • He was one of a group of five young men who travelled from Portsmouth to Syria
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THE last man from a group who travelled from Portsmouth to fight in Syria has died, according to reports.

Assad Uzzaman, 25, was in a group of six from the city fighting with Islamic State in Levant (Isil) in the war-torn country.

He travelled in October 2013 and was the cousin of Ifthekar Jaman, 23, from Somers Town, who also died in the fighting in December 2013.

Academic Shiraz Maher posted on Twitter: ‘The last of the Portsmouth cluster of fighters with Islamic State, Assad Uzzaman (Abu Abdullah) has died.’

Mr Maher maintains a database at the The International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation on people who travelled to fight.

The group flew from Gatwick Airport in October 2013 to Turkey before crossing the border.

They called themselves the Britani Brigade Bangladeshi Bad Boys.

All have now died, including Mehdi Hassan, 19, who died in October last year and Manunur Roshid, 24.

They are believed to have died in fighting at Kobane, a Syrian border city.

Primark supervisor Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, died in August last year.

The deaths have previously prompted condemnations of those who radicalise young men.