From The Telegraph:
Amin, who was born in Bangladesh, was raised in Aberdeen where he was remembered by friends as a keen cricketer who enjoyed music and clubbing. Before travelling to Syria he worked variously as a pizza delivery boy, in a salon shop and a spice shop.
In the 13 minute video, during which he brandished a machine gun, his message was uncompromising: “Are you willing to sacrifice the fat job you’ve got, the big car you’ve got, the family you have?
“Are you willing to sacrifice this, for the sake of Allah? Definitely, if you sacrifice something for Allah, Allah will give you 700 times more than this.”
The following month he gave an interview to Good Morning Britain, describing himself as an engineering student and saying that the moment his plane took off for Gatwick was “one of the happiest moments of my life”.
Amin was born in Moulvibazar, north-east Bangladesh in February 1989, but his family moved to Aberdeen where his parents ran a takeaway restaurant for years.
He later moved to Birmingham where Stephen Marvin, one of his schoolfriends, said he became radicalised. He said: “I spoke to him a couple of times. I heard about him being brainwashed and all that so I wanted to speak to him and find out exactly the mindset he was in and get his point of view.
“He said he met people in Birmingham and he was spoken to there and offered [the chance] to go to Syria under the promise he was allowed to leave whenever he wanted to.
“He went over and spent three months in a Koran-type camp that gets you into their type of thinking around the Koran. Then he went on to three months military camp after that.
“The first time I phoned I heard a gunshot in the background. He said it was rebel fighters. I asked him, aren’t you scared of getting shot?
“He said, if he dies, he’ll be with Allah. That kind of shocked me. You’re not used to hearing, especially in Aberdeen, you’re not used to hearing your friends talk like that. He had no fear whatsoever of death. He was confident he was going to a better place.”
He added: “I feel sympathy for his family of course. It’s not their fault at all…