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Germany: Multi-faith service honours IS fighter, 17, reportedly killed by group02:36

Germany: Multi-faith service honours IS fighter, 17, reportedly killed by group

Germany, Hamburg
May 27, 2016 at 02:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mourners attended a memorial service at the St. Pauli Church in Hamburg, Friday, for a 17-year-old named as Florent Prince N., and also known as "Bilal", who joined the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) last year. It is suspected that the militant group killed the teenager around one year ago when reacting to a message he reportedly recorded and broadcast.

Among the mourners were the 17-year-old’s family members who attended the hour-long ceremony. The service was jointly led by both the pastor of the church, Sieghard Wilm, and Hamburg Imam Abu Ahmed Jakobi.

Commenting on the service, a member from the Christian church said that it was "important" for the community to remember Florent and be able to say "goodbye to him." She went on to express grief for all the young victims of "fundamentalism and war propaganda."

After joining the militant group in Syria back in May 2015, "Bilal" is believed to have recorded and sent an audio message from the city of Raqqa where he warned foreigners not to join the group as they will be used as 'cannon fodder.'

Germany: Multi-faith service honours IS fighter, 17, reportedly killed by group02:36
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Mourners attended a memorial service at the St. Pauli Church in Hamburg, Friday, for a 17-year-old named as Florent Prince N., and also known as "Bilal", who joined the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) last year. It is suspected that the militant group killed the teenager around one year ago when reacting to a message he reportedly recorded and broadcast.

Among the mourners were the 17-year-old’s family members who attended the hour-long ceremony. The service was jointly led by both the pastor of the church, Sieghard Wilm, and Hamburg Imam Abu Ahmed Jakobi.

Commenting on the service, a member from the Christian church said that it was "important" for the community to remember Florent and be able to say "goodbye to him." She went on to express grief for all the young victims of "fundamentalism and war propaganda."

After joining the militant group in Syria back in May 2015, "Bilal" is believed to have recorded and sent an audio message from the city of Raqqa where he warned foreigners not to join the group as they will be used as 'cannon fodder.'

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