Jordanian media said on Friday that Mazen al-Dhalaein has revealed to the Khaberni news website that his son, Mohammed, known by the nom de guerre Abu Baraa, had died in a bombing in Iraq, adding that he had learnt about his son’s death after seeing his photo on a Daesh-related website.
The Jordanian lawmaker explained that his 23-year-old son had been a medical student in Ukraine before joining Daesh this summer and urging him and his wife to join the extremist group, as well.
Our son “was trying to convince us to join IS (Daesh),” the lawmaker said, adding that the son called his parents “apostates.”
Dhalaein added that he had last heard from his son in August, when he sent them a message revealing his plan to take part in an imminent bomb attack.
On Wednesday, a statement posted on Twitter claimed that Daesh had carried out triple car bombings the previous day in the northern outskirts of Ramadi, a city west of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad.
Musa Abdullat, a leading Jordanian lawyer, also said that Dhalaein’s son was killed in an attack on the Iraqi army on Tuesday.
An estimated 4,000 militants from Jordan are said to be fighting for terrorist groups in Iraq and neighboring Syria, Abdullat said.
“Eighty percent of them have joined IS,” he said, adding that 420 Jordanian militants have been killed since 2011.