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Saudi teenager dies fighting in Syria

The 18-year-old blew himself up in an attempt to storm an oil field in Syria

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Fahad Al-Hajri, 18, joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group and blew himself up in an attempt to storm an oil field in Syria, Al-Hayat daily reported.

The young Saudi did not complete his secondary education and contacted IS to secure his travel to Syria to join the terrorist group, accompanied by his friend Abu Abdulrahman Al-Metairi.

Upon arrival in Syria, they received intense training and were involved in a number of battles alongside other group members.

Al-Metairi said he and Al-Hajri were chosen for a suicide mission in Al-Shaer oilfield near Homs, as the group was trying to take control of the oil filed.

They received their explosive belts.

Al-Hajri wore three belts before they were asked to storm a tent where a large number of Syrian soldiers were gathering.

Al-Metairi explained that he was hit and injured and had to retreat, but Al-Hajri exchanged fire with the soldiers, entered the tent and blew himself up, killing a large number of soldiers loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.

However, the Syrian army was successful in regaining control of the oil field.