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'First' UK Suicide Bomber Suspected in Syria Jihadist Jailbreak

By    |   Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 11:33 PM

British police have been searching a home in southeastern England in connection with a jihadist who blew himself up in Aleppo last week, the The London Telegraph reported Wednesday.

Police said they were in the house in Crawley, located about 25 miles south of London, as part of an investigation of  Abdul Waheed Majeed, who is suspected of being the first British citizen to carry out a suicide attack in Syria. They have not said how the house is connected to the Majeed case.

Authorities are investigating whether the 41-year-old Majeed (who also went by the name Abu Suleiman al-Britani) drove a truck packed with explosives into a wall of Aleppo's central jail while on a “martyrdom mission” last Thursday, freeing as many as 300 imprisoned rebels held by Syrian government forces.

News reports said that Majeed, who is believed to be a member of the al-Qaida-linked  Jabhat al-Nusra group, is a British citizen of Pakistani origin.

The Independent reported that a photograph posted on Twitter by Shiraz Maher, a professor at Kings College London, allegedly shows Majeed driving a vehicle with Jabhat al-Nusra’s flag draped over the top.

Maher also claimed that a jihadist contacted him to confirm the identity of the Aleppo suicide bomber.  

Militants posted tributes to Majeed on Twitter, using his al-Britani [nom de guerre]. 
 
"May allah accept him. All british muslims (sic) should be proud of him. I am, and I'm not even British,” a jihadist named Abu Fulan al-Muhajir wrote. "I met brother Abu Sulayman al-Britani. He looked so beautiful dressed all in white, standing on top of the car shouting "takbeer [Allah is great]."

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