The BBC reported on Tuesday that the Islamic militant responsible a suicide bombing in Iraq this week was a released Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) detainee. Abu-Zakariya al-Britani, a 50-year-old terrorist from Britain whose original name is Ronald Fiddler, was sent to Gitmo in 2002 and subsequently released. Riddler is said to be responsible for a suicide attack on Iraqi forces near Mosul.
Fiddler, who before adopting the name Abu-Zakariya al-Britani went by Jamal al-Harith, detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base in Tal Gaysum. He was seen smiling on a video released by ISIS before committing the attack. It’s unclear how many died after the bomb detonated but the SITE Intelligence Group noted that there were “many casualties.”
The footage was posted by the Islamic State’s Amaq News Agency on Monday and featured Fiddler and three other Islamic fighters in vehicles before driving off to carry out their suicide mission.
“The martyrdom-seeking brother Abu Zakariya al-Britani — may Allah accept him — detonated his explosives-laden vehicle on a headquarters of the Rafidhi army and its militias in Tal Kisum village, southwest of Mosul,” the terror group said.