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French jihadist dies in Iraq suicide attack

At least one French jihadist died recently in a suicide attack on a police post in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, informed sources tell AFP

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At least one French jihadist died recently in a suicide attack on a police post in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, informed sources said Friday.

The man, from the French Antilles and known by the pseudonym Abou al-Qaqa al-Faransi, died while fighting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, the group said.

A French intelligence source confirmed the death saying the fact that the young man had crossed over to Iraq from Syria "was something new and not a general trend".

Sources said a second French national could have died in Iraq in similar circumstances and were trying to verify the information.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve recently said that 285 French citizens were fighting in Syria presently.

There have been mounting concerns in France over the number of young jihadists heading to fight in the war-torn country, with authorities fearing they could pose a major security threat if they return home as battle-hardened veterans.