'British fighter' killed in suicide attack on Syrian jail

A British jihadi is thought to have killed himself in a suicide blast at a prison in Aleppo - the first UK citizen to carry out such an attack in Syria. The man is said to have driven a lorry into the jail and detonated a bomb yesterday.

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'British fighter' killed in suicide bomb jail attack

A British citizen is believed to have carried out a suicide bombing in Syria by driving a vehicle packed with explosives into Aleppo Central Prison, in an attack that is said to have freed 300 prisoners held by Syrian forces.

The remains of Aleppo prison after the believed suicide bomb attack Credit: YouTube

The man known as Abu Suleiman al-Britani, of Pakistani origin, would be the first Briton to carry out a suicide attack in Syria and he would be the eighth British citizen to die fighting since Syria's civil war began three years ago.

The suicide bomb believed to be driven by British citizen Abu Suleiman al-Britani Credit: YouTube

Aleppo Central Prison, which has been under siege by rebel groups for months, is believed to house around 4,000 prisoners.

Civilians at the site of Aleppo prison after the attack Credit: YouTube

Reports: Suicide bomber in Syria prison raid was British

A British man has died after carrying out a suicide bombing at a prison near the Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday, according to reports.

Sulayman al Britani, a Briton of Pakistani descent, is reported to have driven a truck bearing explosives into the entrance of the prison, allowing armed militants to enter.

Syrian TV footage showing the blast at the prison near Aleppo

Local TV channels broadcast images of what is claimed to be the heavily-armoured truck driven in the attack, which led to the hundreds of prisoners being freed.

Syrian TV footage of the truck allegedly used in the attack

Al Britani was allegedly a member of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front.

A Foreign Office spokesperson has told ITV News it is aware of the reports.


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