Relaxed and smiling, ‘British suicide bomber’ Abdul Waheed Majeed appears on YouTube video

In a “martyrdom” video by the al-Qa’ida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, 41-year-old is filmed next to the truck used in Syria attack

Smiling and relaxed, Abdul Waheed Majeed takes leave of his friends just as anyone else might, embracing them and posing for last-minute photographs.

Just moments later he apparently drives a truck loaded with explosives into the gates of a prison in Aleppo, Syria.

Majeed, 41, who grew up in Crawley, West Sussex, is thought to be Britain’s first suicide bomber. In a “martyrdom” video uploaded to YouTube today by the al-Qa’ida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra, he can be seen in pristine white robes and a black scarf bearing an insignia, chatting to his friends and the camera.

“I can’t speak,” the married father of three said when asked to say some words before the attack. “Everyone asks me that and… I’m not a very good speaker. My tongue has got like a knot in it – tell him, I can’t speak. The… It should come from the heart and I can’t do it.”

He is filmed next to the truck used in the attack, although he is not seen climbing into it. The truck is then filmed driving down the road before vanishing in a plume of black and grey smoke.

Earlier, pictures emerged of Majeed, who is thought to have used the name Abu Suleiman al-Britani, looking relaxed and smiling with local children near the Turkish border.

Speaking at the Broadfield Mosque in Crawley, community leader Arif Syed said Majeed’s family and the local community had no confirmation that Majeed was behind the attack and accused the authorities of embarking on a “witch-hunt” by raiding properties when the local Muslim community had offered full co-operation.

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