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Former Guantanamo Bay inmate from Manchester 'dies fighting for IS in Iraq'

Abu Zakariya al-Britani was born as Ronald Fiddler in Manchester

A British Islamic State fighter from Manchester who is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Iraq was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, according to reports.

The bomber - named by the group as Abu Zakariya al-Britani - is said to have detonated an explosives-filled vehicle in a village to the south of Mosul.

According to reports, he was Muslim convert Ronald Fiddler, who's originally from Manchester.

The 50-year-old, also known as Jamal al Harith or Jamal Udeen, was suspected of terrorism by the Americans but freed from the US detention centre in 2004 after lobbying by the British government.

He turned to Islam in the 1990s and travelled to the Pakistani city of Quetta in 2001 for what he claimed was a religious holiday.

He has insisted he tried to enter Iran when the US invaded neighbouring Afghanistan, but was captured and imprisoned by the Taliban on suspicion of being a UK spy.

When he returned from Guantanamo, he spoke to ITV News and described the "harsh" conditions inside the centre.

Around 850 individuals of national security concern have travelled to join the conflict, according to figures published by the Government last year.

Of those, just under half have returned to the UK and approximately 15% are dead.

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  1. Amy Welch, ITV News

Under the hammer - the livestock auction closing after more then a hundred years

Chelford market in Cheshire Credit: ITV News.

Livestock auction Chelford market in Cheshire will close at the end of next month after more than a hundred years.

It comes as owners of rural businesses say they fear being hit hardest by the government's planned rise in business rates.

Our correspondent Amy Welch reports.

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