Scottish Jihadist Who Appeared In Isis Video 'Killed By Iraqi Swat Troops'

 
on July 16 2014 8:47 AM
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British jihadist Abdul Raqib Amin pictured here in an ISIS recruitment video, is believed to have been killed by Iraqi troops. Reuters

A Scottish jihadist fighting in Iraq for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has been killed in a gun battle with government Swat teams, social media reports claim today.

Abdul Raqib Amin, 26 and from Aberdeen, is reported to have been shot dead in the city of Ramadi, 75 miles west of Baghdad.

The UK Foreign Office is now trying to verify the claims, though the ungoverned and chaotic state of large parts of Iraq make securing independent confirmation near impossible.

Details of Amin's alleged death were tweeted by an account understood to belong to 19-year-old British militant Abu Dujana al-Britani, who travelled to Syria from Portsmouth to join Isis, which is currently taking control of large swathes of Iraq and Syria.

Amin, whose fighter name is Abu Bara al-Hindi, this month appeared alongside two other British-based men in an Isis recruitment video urging young Western Muslims to give up their jobs and fight in the Middle East.

In the Isis video, Amin said: "Are you willing to sacrifice the fat job you've got, the big car you've got, the family you have? Are you willing to sacrifice for the sake of Allah? Definitely, if you sacrifice something for Allah, Allah will give you 700 times more than this."

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said: "We are aware of reports of the death of a British national in Iraq. We stand ready to talk to any family who may be affected.

"The UK is deeply concerned by the growth of terrorism in Iraq and Syria, which threatens the people in the entire region and the UK."

Though born in Bangladesh, Amin was brought up in the Scottish city of Aberdeen where his parents are believed to have run a restaurant for a number of years, before returning to their home country.

 

 

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