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13-year-old French boy killed fighting for IS in Syria

13-year-old Abu Bakr al Faransi; who was killed fighting in Syria in January
13-year-old Abu Bakr al Faransi; who was killed fighting in Syria in January DR

France's youngest-ever jihadist, fighting alongside the Islamic State (IS) armed group in Syria, is reported to have died in combat at the age of 13. Abu Baker al-Faransi from Strasbourg in eastern France went to Syria with his family in the spring of last year.

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RFI's David Thomson, a specialist on jihad, has confirmed reports from the Islamic State group that al-Faransi died two months ago, defending a frontier post against the Syrian Army in the region of Homs.

Two of his brothers, one of whom recently appeared in an IS propaganda video, are also reported to have been killed.

The IS source that reported the boy’s death welcomed his “martyrdom”.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday that 90 French people have died in Syria and Iraq, fighting against France and its values.
 

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