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HS: Man with Finnish roots killed in Syrian fighting

A Swedish citizen of Finnish heritage has allegedly died in fighting in Syria, reports the daily Helsingin Sanomat.

Ihmiset tutkivat pommi-iskun aiheuttamia tuhoja Aleppon yliopiston edustalla.
The man died after sustaining a head injury and is said to be buried in Aleppo, according to Swedish sources. Image: EPA / SANA

The paper cites a Svenska Dagbladet journalist's blog, which says that the young man died in attacks against the regime in January.

The man, born in 1990 to a Finnish mother and Sudanese father, was fighting alongside Islamist militant rebels known as al-Nusra.

Chief Inspector Tuomas Portaankorva of Finland’s Security Intelligence Service (Supo) said he was aware of the case but refused to comment on it. According to Portaankorva, dozens of people with links to Finland have become involved in Syria's civil war.

"People go there for different reasons. For some, it’s humanitarian work, for others it's an adventure. Some go to join armed combat without much thought to the side they're on," he told Helsingin Sanomat on Monday.

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