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Mother of British terror suspect 'will not bring his body home'

The mother of a British Muslim who died in Kenya fighting for terror group Al Shabaab has said his body will not be repatriated because he "never wanted to come back".

Thomas Evans, from Buckinghamshire. Credit: INS News agency

Thomas Evans, 25, is believed to be among suspected extremists killed in an attack on an army camp in Lamu County, Kenya military officials said. Mrs Evans, 57, said she went "numb" when she saw a picture of his body on Twitter.

She told the Times (£): "Tom never wanted to come back to the UK again. So do I fulfil his wishes? As his mum, I guess that's the last thing I can do for him, because he didn't want to come back. I'd be bringing him back for my selfish purposes.

"I'm relieved that he is no longer in a position where he can hurt people. I thank God he wasn't a suicide bomber, he didn't take a lots of other people with him. I am thankful for that."

Family of British terror suspect 'found picture of his body online'

The family of British terror suspect Thomas Evans have said they believe he is dead after finding a picture of his body online.

The 25-year-old is believed to have died in Kenya fighting for terror group Al Shabaab.

His family said he turned to extremism after being influenced initially by "people he was mixing with" in the area, before later being targeted online.

His younger brother Michael told the BBC: "The first thing I did, I looked on Twitter, and the first thing I found was a picture of his body. There was no doubt it was him from that picture."

Family of British terror suspect still unsure of his fate

A family in Buckinghamshire, whose son went to fight for Al-Shabaab, are waiting to hear whether he's been killed in an attack on a Kenyan army base.

The British embassy in Nairobi is still to confirm whether the British jihadist who died in Sunday's explosion close to the Somalian border was Thomas Evans.

ITV News Correspondent Juliet Bremner reports from High Wycombe:

British terror suspect was 'normal teenage lad'

Thomas Evans - who is believed to have died fighting for al-Shabaab in Kenya - was a "normal teenage lad", his family said earlier this year.

ITV News UK Editor Rohit Kachroo reports:


British terror suspect 'killed in Kenya'

A British terror suspect has reportedly been killed while fighting for al-Shabaab in Kenya.

Thomas Evans, from Buckinghamshire. Credit: INS News agency

Thomas Evans, in his mid-20s, was said to have been among a number of militants killed during a stand-off with the Kenyan army in Lamu over the weekend.

Evans is believed to have converted to Islam aged 19 before travelling to join the extremist group in 2012.

A Kenyan army official is quoted by Reuters as saying all the evidence did "point at him", but added that forensic tests to confirm identification were ongoing.

A Foreign Office spokesperson told ITV News: "We are aware of reports of the death of a British national in Kenya. We are not able to confirm them at this time."

Kenyan police charge five over deadly university attack

Five men have been charged over a deadly attack on a university in eastern Kenya in which 148 people were killed.

Police stand guard after the attack. Credit: Reuters

Four militants from terror group al-Shabaab stormed the Garissa University College on April 2 in an attack that went on for hours before the gunmen were shot dead.

The five men pleaded not guilty at a magistrates' court to 152 counts of committing acts of terrorism.

Kenyan prosecutors say the five suspects colluded to carry out the attack, but it is unclear what their alleged roles were.

Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge takes the men's crown

After a hard-fought race, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge won the 2015 men's London Marathon in a time of 2:04:42. He pipped his countryman Wilson Kipsang into second with a time of 2:04:47 - the fastest second place in London's history.

In third place was another Kenyan, Dennis Kimetto, with 2:05:50.

Eliud Kipchoge takes the win Credit: Reuters / Suzanne Plunkett

Kenyan air force bombs Somali al-Shabaab camps

Kenya's air force air-bombed two Somalian al-Shabaab camps on Sunday in the first major military response to last week's university massacre.

A Kenya Defence Forces source said jets targeted camps in the Gedo region near the border of Kenya.

Cloud cover made it difficult to assess the damage or estimate the death toll, the source said.

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