A BRITISH family of 12 who fled their Luton home to join ISIS in Syria have all reportedly died in the war-torn country.
Seven members of the Mannan family, including three children aged between one and 11, were "wiped out" in an airstrike, while three men from the clan were killed in combat.
The two elderly heads of the family, parents Muhammed Mannan and his wife Minera, died in Raqqa – the former fundamentalist stronghold – from natural causes.
Mr Mannan's son Shalim, from a previous marriage, today spoke from the clan's Bedfordshire hometown about the family's fate.
He told MailOnline: "They are all dead. It's over, finished.
"We had been trying to find out for some time what had happened to them and it was only confirmed to us recently from Syria.
He added: "It's a tragic end and we have drawn a line under it all and are now trying to get on with our lives."
FAMILY OF FANATICS
The Mannans made headlines in May 2015 when they flew to Turkey to cross the border into the Syrian warzone.
Worried relatives initially reported them missing when they failed to return to the UK.
But two months after arriving in ISIS-held Raqqa, the family released a statement declaring their support for jihad and hatred of the western "corruption and oppression of man made law".
They also expressed happiness at living in a land that is "governed by the shariah".
The statement added: "Yes, all 12 of us and why should this number be shocking, when there are thousands and thousands of Muslims from all corners of the world that are crossing over land and sea everyday to come to the Islamic State?"
They were all together, that's all we know. We are not sure if they were in a house or out in the open but the fact is that they are all dead.
Aged 75, Mr Mannan was the oldest Briton ever to have fled to Syria to join the terror group.
He suffered from diabetes and other health problems and is understood to have died in Raqqa a short time after arriving, while his wife died from cancer before leaving Raqqa.
During the battle for the city in 2017, his two youngest sons Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25, and Mohemmed Toufique Hussain, 19, were killed by American forces.
Another son Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31, was shot and killed fighting for ISIS last year after the family fled to the last jihadist stronghold Baghouz.
The remaining members of the clan, including three young children, were killed in an airstrike while trying to escape the conflict.
We still can't believe that the entire family has been wiped out, there were such young children involved.
Mr Mannan's cousin Abdul Khalid told the news site: "From what we've been told they were trying to get away from Baghouz and make their way to a camp, like so many other people were trying to do at the time but there was a lot of bombing going on and they got caught up in this.
"They were all together, that's all we know. We are not sure if they were in a house or out in the open but the fact is that they are all dead.
"The details of how they actually died really matter to me."
Before travelling to the warzone, Mr Mannan regularly worshipped at the Bury Park Mosque in Luton, where much of the congregation are understood to be aware of his death.
Mosque chairman Abul Hussain said: "He was a lovely man who was really devoted to his family.
"When he went to Syria we were all shocked because we couldn't believe that he was capable of something like this. It was not the Muhammed we knew.
"We still can't believe that the entire family has been wiped out, there were such young children involved and I can't imagine what they must have been going through, given the terrible things that were happening in Syria."
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