A British terror suspect who received a seven-figure settlement after his release from Guantanamo Bay in 2004 died Monday after he set off explosives in a suicide bombing in Iraq, according to reports.
The BBC reported Tuesday that Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, 50, was filmed detonating a car filled with explosives at an Iraqi army base in a town southwest of Mosul.
Footage of the attack reportedly shows ISIS fighters cheering on al-Britani just moments before detonating himself in an attack that killed and injured an unconfirmed number of Iraqi troops.
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The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, and praised the British suicide bomber, who was known as Ronald Fiddler prior to his conversion to Islam.
The British terrorist spent two years in Guantanamo after he was seized by U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2001. At the time of his arrest, al-Britani claimed he was a hostage of the Taliban, and denied being an extremist.
Despite his denials of involvement with the terrorist group, during his detention in Guantanamo, al-Britani reportedly provided U.S. interrogators with useful information about the Taliban’s tactics.
al-Britani was released from Guantanamo in 2004 following a campaign by former British Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett in which he stated that prisoners were being mistreated.
“No one who is returned … will actually be a threat to the security of the British people,” Blunkett said at the time.
The British terrorist made off quite handsomely — he was gifted a settlement of one million pounds by the British government after his release from the Cuban detention center.
But the lucrative settlement wasn’t enough to prevent al-Britani from waging jihad in the Middle East. The BBC claims it has reviewed Islamic State registration papers signed by the British terrorist in April 2014 after he crossed into Syria.
His wife, Shukee Begum, traveled to Syria with her five children in August 2014 in an effort to convince her husband to leave ISIS. After failing to “speak some sense” into her husband, Begum and her five children left Syria after realizing that ISIS was “not her cup of tea.”
According to statistics reported by the UK government last year, upwards of 850 British citizens have traveled to the Middle East to become fighters for ISIS.
Almost half of known British ISIS fighters have since returned to the UK, and an estimated 15 percent have been killed in combat.