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A FORMER ‘supervisor’ at Primark in Portsmouth is said to be one of five men from Southsea fighting in Syria.

According to the Sunday Times, Muhammad Hamidur Rahman, 25, told family members he was going to the country to deliver aid two weeks ago.

On Saturday, he wrote on Twitter: ‘Being here feels closer to jannah (paradise).’

As reported previously in The News, the alleged leader of the Portsmouth group in the warn-torn country is Ifthekar Jaman, 23, who travelled to Syria in May. It is believed he joined an affiliate of al-Qaeda called the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (Syria), or Isis.

The Sunday Times reports Jaman, whose father owns a curry house, has said it is his ‘duty’ to help Muslims ‘being slaughtered’ by President Bashar al-Assad and is reconciled to dying in Syria.