Warning to young men as Portsmouth jihadi is killed in Syria

Muhammad Hamidur Rahman. Picture via Twitter @iraqhappenings
Muhammad Hamidur Rahman. Picture via Twitter @iraqhappenings
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THE death of a Portsmouth jihadi who was fighting in the Middle East is a warning to others, an Islamic leader has said.

Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, left the UK last October after telling his family he was going to deliver aid to Syria as part of a ‘convoy’.

He was killed two weeks ago fighting for the Islamic State, also known as Isis, which grew out of terrorist group al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Abu-Suyeb Tanzam is a committee member at Portsmouth’s Jami Mosque, where Mr Rahman prayed.

He said Mr Rahman’s death was ‘very sad’.

Mr Tanzam said: ‘It’s a strong warning to others. It’s a message to any young people who are thinking about following this path.

‘They are wasting their lives if they go over there and join the war and they will be killed for nothing.

‘We predicted exactly this would happen and it is what we warned against.

‘It’s very sad for the community and the family.’

Mr Tanzam said it was unclear whether Mr Rahman was killed in Iraq or Syria, where Islamic State jihadis are battling government forces.

He said he had been in touch with Mr Rahman’s family, who live in Southsea.

The Mail on Sunday reported that a friend of Mr Rahman still in the Middle East informed the Portsmouth man’s family of their son’s death by text message.

Mr Rahman had worked at Portsmouth’s Primark store, but is thought to have been sacked a month before leaving for Syria.

He is one of 10 Britons of Bangladeshi origin who have travelled to Syria to fight for the Islamic State.

He entered the country overland from Turkey after flying there with five fellow jihadis.

One of them was Mashudur Choudhury, 31, of North End.

In May, Mr Choudhury became the first person in the UK to be convicted under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 of terrorist offences connected to the conflict in Syria.

Mr Choudhury was arrested by anti-terrorist police Gatwick Airport in October after he flew back to the UK from Turkey.

He had failed the training given by the Islamic State and got scared about the fighting in Syria, it was reported.

Another jihadi, Ifthekar Jaman, 23, of Southsea, died in Syria in December.