Tributes to Brighton teenager killed in conflict in Syria

The family of a Brighton teenager killed in Syria have today said they didn't know he was in the country.

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Father of teen killed in Syria 'proud' of son

The father of a British teenager who died fighting in Syria has told ITV News he is "proud" that his son "sacrificed his own life for the sake of others".

Speaking from his home in Brighton, Abubaker Deghayes said his son was a "nice person" with many friends, although he was "a bit naughty, like any other teenager".

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Teen killed in Syria nephew of ex-Guantanamo detainee

The British teenager killed in Syria is the nephew of a former Guantanamo Bay detainee.

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, from Brighton, East Sussex, was killed in Syria. Credit: ITV Meridian

Abdullah Deghayes, 18, from Brighton, East Sussex, is the nephew of Omar, who was held in the United States as an enemy combatant at the detention centre between 2002 and 2007 after he was arrested in Pakistan.

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Family of teen killed in Syria "didn't know he was there"

The family of Abdullah Deghayes, who has been killed in Syria, say they had no idea that he had travelled to the country.

His father, Abubaker Deghayes, is believed to have found out about his sons death via Facebook.

He also said he thought his son was visiting family in Libya.

Abdullah, from Brighton, is believed to have died earlier this month.

The circumstances surrounding his death are not yet clear.

His Facebook page says he went to school in Rottingdean and was set to go to the University of Brighton next year.

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Tributes pour in for 18-year-old Briton killed in Syria

Tributes to British teenager Abdullah Deghayes, who was killed in Syria, have been left on social media.

Friend Louis Tierney wrote on Facebook: "Miss you like mad! Love you mate forever in my heart xxxxx."

Other friends have taken to Twitter:

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

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Teenager from Brighton killed in Syria

An 18-year boy from Brighton has been killed in Syria.

Abdullah Deghayes died earlier this month, although the circumstances of his death are not clear.

The family of Abdullah confirmed his death and said they did not know he had travelled to the country.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said, "We are aware of the death of a British national and are urgently looking in to it."

A spokesperson for Sussex Police said, "On Monday 14th April, we received information that an 18-year-old Brighton man had been killed in Syria in recent weeks.

"The circumstances of this reported death remain unclear and we are in contact with the family."

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