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Brother tells of 'hate' for what his Al Shabaab sibling put their mother through

Published 13/10/2015

Micheal and Sally Evans give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee
Micheal and Sally Evans give evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee

The brother of a Briton who died fighting for terror group Al Shabaab has said he "hates" his sibling for the pain he put their mother through.

Thomas Evans, 25, was among suspected extremists killed in an attack on an army camp in northern Kenya in June.

His younger brother Michael told this week's Radio Times: "Do I hate him? That's a really hard question to answer.

"Yes, I hate him for taking the lives of all those innocent people, I hate him for all the pain he's put my mum through.

"But it's as if we are talking about two people - the brother I remember and the person he became. I love the brother he was, but I hate who he became."

Thomas Evans contacted his family to say he had travelled to Somalia to join Al Shabaab in 2012 after leaving their home in Buckinghamshire. He had previously converted to Islam.

His brother and mother Sally told earlier this year how they confirmed his death after finding a picture of his body online.

Al Shabaab, which is banned in the UK, is a Somalia-based group with links to al Qaida which has waged a violent campaign against the Somali transitional federal government for several years.

Up to 50 Britons are believed to have joined the organisation.

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