Manchester man and friend of Didsbury ‘terrorist’ killed in Syria believed to be missing in war-torn country

A Manchester man, believed to have to travelled to Syria with a suspected terrorist from Didsbury, has gone missing in the war-torn country.

Azzam Javeed, 19, from Levenshulme, is thought to have travelled at the same time as suspected jihadist Anil Khalil Raoufi.

Counter-terrorism police confirmed that a search had been carried out at a property in Levenshulme last December.

Javeed had been due to start a chemical engineering degree but instead travelled to Syria.

According to the BBC, Javeed made the trip around the same time as his friend Anil Khalil Raoufi, who has family links in Afghanistan.

It is believed Raoufi, 20, of Didsbury, Manchester, was killed in a gun battle with Syrian government forces earlier this month.

Azzam’s father, Akram has declined all media enquiries, but confirmed he has not heard from his son since he left for Syria last autumn.

His family have not heard from him for several months, and are unsure whether he has been killed or captured.

The UK government believes around 300 British have taken up the fight in Syria, and officials are concerned they will exercise their military training on their return to the UK.

The Foreign Office has advised against all travel to the country.

Azzam’s last posting on his Facebook account was on 22 September.

A spokesman for the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit told the BBC: “We don’t comment on individual cases but do say that anyone who goes there [Syria] will attract the attention of the UK authorities because there are a number of extremist groups operating.”

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