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Full report: Coventry student gets 6 years for trying to join Islamic State

An unemployed student from Coventry has been jalied for six years after being found guilty of trying to join Islamic State fighters in Syria.

20 year-old Zakariyah Ishaq had already received police mentoring to turn him away from radicalisation - but he slipped out of the country to try to become a jihadist. Jane Hesketh reports

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How Coventry student tried to join Islamic State

Ashiq left the UK on November 6 last year by bus from Victoria Station in London and made his way across the Channel to Amsterdam.

He continued his journey via Frankfurt in Germany and Bulgaria to Jordan.

But when he failed to cross the border into Syria, he flew back to Heathrow, where he was arrested on November 20th.

Coventry man jailed after preparing for terrorist acts

A man from Coventry has been jailed for six years for trying to join Islamic State.

Zakariya Ashiq Credit: Facebook

Zakariya Ashiq, from Foleshill, was previously found guilty of preparing for terrorist acts and assisting others to prepare for terrorism in a week-long trial at the Old Bailey in London.

He left the UK in November but failed to gain entry to Syria and was arrested on his return to Heathrow.

Family pay tribute to 'humble' dentists who drowned in Malta

The nephew of a dentist from Birmingham, who died after drowning off the coast of Malta, has paid tribute to a 'humble' man.

Maltese police said Lyace Ali and his business partner got into difficulty while swimming in a strip of water off the tiny island of Comino.

We are all deeply saddened by the tragic passing of my uncle and his best friend Kamran.

They were both well respected, kind and loving men. But above all, the word to describe them most is humble.

Two dentists who grew up together are no longer with us, and i request nothing but prayers for both of them and their families.

– Ridhwan Ali, Lyace Ali's nephew

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Coventry man guilty of preparing for terrorist acts

A man from Coventry, who was intent on martyring himself while fighting alongside friends in Syria, has been convicted of preparing for terrorist acts.

Zakariya Ashiq Credit: West Midlands Police

Zakariya Ashiq, from Foleshill, was also found guilty of assisting others to prepare for terrorism in a week-long trial at the Old Bailey in London.

Lat November, the unemployed 20-year-old failed in his attempt to join Islamic State and was arrested when he returned to the UK.

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