Is­lamic State group claim Ir­ish­man ‘dies mak­ing sui­cide at­tack’

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

The Ir­ish Department of For­eign Af­fairs has con­firmed it is in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports that an Ir­ish­man was killed when he det­o­nated a car bomb near the Iraqi city of Mo­sul on Fri­day.

The so-called Is­lamic State has claimed, via Twit­ter, that the man was born in Dublin.

It is un­der­stood the man was Ter­ence Kelly, who was in his late 40s and was born in the Lib­er­ties area of the city.

He was a for­mer nurse and con­verted to Is­lam after work­ing in Saudi Ara­bia.

He changed his name to Khalid Kelly and has been a vo­cal sup­porter of al-Qaeda.

Mr Kelly had pre­vi­ously ap­peared in a num­ber of Ir­ish TV doc­u­men­taries on RTÉ and TV3.

A pro­pa­ganda web­site rep­re­sent­ing IS claimed Mr Kelly drove a ve­hi­cle packed with ex­plo­sives at Iraqi forces west of Mo­sul and det­o­nated it.

The web­site also pub­lished a pic­ture of the man pos­ing with a weapon in front of an ar­moured ve­hi­cle.

There has been no of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion that Mr Kelly is dead.

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