Bradford Daesh teen urges Muslims to wage terror on UK
A 15-year-old schoolboy from Bradford – believed to be fighting with Daesh in Syria- has posted gun-toting pictures of himself on Facebook, alarming police and triggering fears that the terror outfit may be using him to lure other Western recruits.
Ibrahim Iqbal posted pictures of himself on the social media site, in full combat gear and holding an AK-47 last week.
The UK’s North East Counter Terrorism Unit said in a statement: “We are aware of posts made on social media. These are currently being reviewed to establish if any offences have been committed.”
Iqbal was only 14 when his mother took him and 11 other family members to Daesh-held territory from their Bradford home last year.
His mother, 35-year old Sugra Dawood, took Iqbal and her four other children.
She left Britain without her husband, Akhtar Iqbal, to join up with her jihadi brother, Ahmed.
Sugra was joined by her sisters Zohra Dawood, 33, and Khadija Dawood, 31, and their four children, making them the largest British family to join the extremist group.
Last year, her husband made an emotional plea to his eldest son Junaid to come back home.
Ishtiaq Ahmed, a spokesperson for Bradford Council for Mosques, said: “We are very concerned. If it is confirmed that these pictures are real, then it will raise additional alarm bells that young people are being used by Daesh to propagate their violent game and entice other young people from Britain to join.”
Iqbal, who was the only member of the family to be pictured in his Facebook post gear wrote: “First of all I say Alhamdulillah (praise be to God) Allah has brought me to the khilafah (caliphate) and saved me from the oppression of the Kuffar (unbeliever).
“Secondly, I say to all the Muslims that there is no land where you will be honoured except in the land of the khilafah and it is obligatory for every Muslim to come to the khilafah and pledge your allegiance to Amir al Mumineen (commander of the faithful) Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi and whoever does not then he dies the death of jaahiliyah (non-Muslims).
“Last of all, if the government closes the door of migrating to the khilafah then you open the door of jihad in their land.”
On Saturday, he took to Facebook again, writing: “Nobody has an excuse to be not fighting in the path of Allah. Physically fighting not in your mind as some stupid people say (sic).”