Shock as third Portsmouth jihadi fighter is killed in conflict

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PORTSMOUTH jihadi fighter Manunur Roshid has been killed fighting on the front line in Syria, according to the committee chairman of the city’s Jami mosque.

Mr Roshid is the third young man from Portsmouth to be killed fighting with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), following the death of 23-year-old Ifthekar Jaman, (pictured first), in December, and 25-year-old Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, (pictured below), in August.

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Jami mosque committee chairman Abdul Jalil said the Muslim community was shocked to hear reports of the young man’s death.

He said that there had also been reports that a fourth man from Portsmouth was ill in hospital in Syria.

Mr Jalil said: ‘We are very worried. They are on the front line. Five people went there and three have been killed.’

He added: ‘It is a very big shock for their parents and we are working with the community to make sure that [something like this] does not happen again.

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‘We are working with the police, the crime prevention team and the council to warn people, our youngsters especially, telling them not to go to Syria and also to get parents to watch their children.’

Mr Roshid, a 24-year-old from Buckland, left for Syria in October last year to fight with Isil, which is trying to create a single Islamic state across Syria and Iraq. News of his death, on Friday, reached family members in Portsmouth on Sunday.

Community worker Sumel Chowdhury said the Muslim community did not support the views of the five men.

Mr Chowdhury, from North End, Portsmouth, said: ‘In my view, they did not do a good thing. They did completely the wrong thing. We believe in peace, humanity and mankind.

‘Islam does not say to kill people. It is completely unacceptable.’

Mr Roshid was one of an estimated 500 Britons who have travelled to fight in Iraq and Syria, up to 30 of which are believed to have died fighting.

Portsmouth leader Donna Jones said the council and police were working with the Muslim community to work on ways of reporting suspected radicalised behaviour.

Earlier this month, four people were arrested for terrorism-related offences after the former home of Ifthekar Jaman in Hudson Road, Somers Town, was raided by police. Jaman’s mother and father, Enu Miah, 57, and Hena Choudhury, 48, were arrested and bailed, and his two brothers Tuhim, 26, and Mustakim, 23, were also arrested.

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