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Baghdad bomber is from British soil: Huddersfield origins for Daesh militant

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IDENTIFIED: A Daesh militant killed in a suicide bomb in Baghdad has been recognised by his family in Huddersfield

IDENTIFIED: A Daesh militant killed in a suicide bomb in Baghdad has been recognised by his family in Huddersfield

A British Daesh fighter, killed in a suicide attack in Iraq, is reported to be a 27-year-old Yorkshireman from Huddersfield who previously attended Bradford College.

The man, fighting under the nom du guerre Abu Musa al-Britani, is believed to be Mohammed Rizwan Awan, as reported by the BBC.

It is understood that, in early 2015, Awan and his wife left their family in the UK, telling them that they were moving to Saudi Arabia.

However, when images of the latest Daesh suicide bomber were circulated, the Awan family said they ‘knew in their hearts’ it was their son.

Daesh social media accounts confirmed the death, in the al-Anbar province west of Iraqi capital Baghdad, and claimed ‘nearly 30’ people died in the blast.

Awan's family told the Daily Mail that their relative showed no signs of radicalisation before he disappeared in May 2015 and that he was a ‘bright, educated young man’.

Whilst in the UK, Awan worked for British Gas in Leeds and was once violently attacked as an innocent bystander in a gang war when he was 18.

Archived media reports describe how he was appallingly attacked by a man with a machete and suffered nine wounds to his body, according to the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

He was one of five suicide bombers who rammed explosives-laden vehicles into a military checkpoint.

While Daesh themselves claimed 30 Iraqi soldiers died in the attack, a military spokesperson confirmed six dead and nine injured.

According to a statement by the jihadist group in which it claimed responsibility for the attack, several foreigners were among the terrorists, including the Briton.

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Pakistan bus bomb: Suicide bomber kills over 15 people in Peshawar

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TALIBAN ATTACK: There has been no claim of responsibility but Pakistan has been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban in the past

TALIBAN ATTACK: There has been no claim of responsibility but Pakistan has been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban in the past

Officials have reported at least 15 people travelling on a bus have been killed and dozens injured by a bomb in the north-western Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The vehicle was carrying government employees from nearby areas to the city and was passing a busy main road with heaving morning traffic when the bomb went off.

The top part of the bus had blown off.

Police say the blast was caused by an improvised device which apparently detonated inside the bus.

There has been no claim of responsibility, but Peshawar has frequently been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban in the past.

A medical source told Reuters news agency around 30 others were injured with many in a critical condition and were being treated at Lady Reading hospital.

In a statement published on the website of state-run Radio Pakistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the attack and expressed grief over the loss of life. He said ‘such cowardly acts could not deter our resolve to weed out terrorism from the country’.

The blast happened in an unstable area of the country where Pakistani forces have increased their campaign against the Taliban and other militant groups which border alongside Afghanistan.

That campaign followed the attack at an army-run school in Peshawar in December 2014 where 150 people were killed, most of them children.

Tensions in Pakistan continue to intensify as sporadic attacks by militant groups on security forces and civilian targets persist.

It was only last week when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded court in Shabqadar Bazaar in the Charsadda district.

17 people were killed and 31 others injured. The Taliban termed the bombing as ‘revenge’ for the execution of the killer of liberal Punjab province governor, Salman Taseer.

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