“We must weed out the people peddling this evil propaganda”.
That was the call from Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney as claims that a young Huddersfield man has become radicalised and become an IS suicide bomber were investigated.
A family from Crosland Moor, in Mr McCartney’s Colne Valley constituency, fear that a suicide bomber who struck in Iraq earlier this week is their son.
Mohammed Rizwan Awan, 27, left Britain last year supposedly to settle in Saudi Arabia but is now thought to have been involved in a suicide bomb attack in Iraq on Monday.
He was named by IS sources as “Abu Musa al-Britani” but the Huddersfield family claim he is their son.
His identity has not been confirmed by British or Iraqi officials.
Mr McCartney said: “If this is confirmed it is shocking news for our entire community.
“I have just been speaking to a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee about the work beidng done with young people to prevent radicalisation and terrorism.
“What we need to know is what makes one young person go off to Syria or Iraq and want to take their own life in such circumstances, when a young person who grew up next door trains as a doctor or an accountant and makes a wonderful contribution to society.
“We know that many young people don’t get their news from reputable news sources but from social media. The police and security forces take down thousands of posts from Facebook and Twitter each month but it is a huge problem.
“We need to find who is spreading this evil propaganda to get into the minds of our young people.”