Community leaders in the West Yorkshire town of Dewsbury have spoken of their shock after the reported suicide bombing involving 17 year old Talha Asmal.
Dewsbury councillor Masood Ahmed said that Asmal, who is beleived to be the UK’s youngest suicide bomber, said that Asmal was no different from other teenagers and that residents in the town were ‘devastated’.
His family have described him as “a loving, kind, caring and affable teenager”
“Communities are devastated and shocked to hear the news,” said Mr Ahmed, a Labour member of Kirklees Council.
He said there were “no signs, no symptoms” that Asmal had been groomed by extremists online – as his family now believe he was.
Even though his death is not officially confirmed, his family have said that pictures released through an isis-linked twitter account appear to be their son.
The suicide attacks are understood to have occurred in Iraq’s Salahuddin province, around one of the country’s largest oil refineries, south of the city of Baiji.
By Fiona Carty