Muslim leaders condemn IS recruit from Luton

Aziz (left) fled the UK after an attack on a football fan in London

Aziz (left) fled the UK after an attack on a football fan in London

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A Luton man who fled the country to join IS before calling for copycat Paris killings has been condemned by Muslim leaders.

Abu Rahin Aziz, 32, formerly of Hazelbury Crescent, skipped bail to escape the country before being convicted last June for viciously attacking a football fan in London.

Aziz fled the UK after an attack on a football fan in London

Aziz fled the UK after an attack on a football fan in London

He now calls himself a ‘soldier of the Islamic State’.

In the last week he has glorified those who carried out revenge attacks on French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published an image of the Prophet Mohammed.

On Twitter Aziz said: “The Charlie Hebdo cartoons is a blatent act of War On Islam...we need some of our fighters to strike.”

In a series of posts on the social network the 32-year-old has also bragged about his escape from the UK, adding: “Still deciding what to do with my British passport, could burn it, flush it down the toilet...I mean realistically it’s not worth spitting on.”

Aziz fled the UK after an attack on a football fan in London

Aziz fled the UK after an attack on a football fan in London

The IS recruit’s actions have been condemned by Luton Islamic leaders.

Council of Mosques secretary Dr Fiaz Hussain told the Luton News: “Clearly this is not something we support or encourage.

“We continue to denounce this...the people who follow Islam are for peace.”

Dawood Masood, founder of the Quba Trust, told the Luton News that Aziz has fled to fight in an “unholy war”

He said: “They are not fighting for Islam, they are only fighting for themselves.

“Fortunately he will not be spreading any more hate in our community but however he will be out there killing innocent people.”

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