An ISIS fighter from Singapore has challenged Prince Harry to a fight ‘if you’re man enough’

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ISIS fighter Abu Uqayl issued a challenge to Prince Harry, pictured here with a British Apache helicopter in Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, in 2013.Al-Hayat/Reuters

An ISIS fighter from Singapore has challenged Prince Harry to a fight in a terrorist propaganda video.

The militant, who uses the name Abu Uqayl, laid down the gauntlet to Harry, telling him “come here and fight us if you’re man enough.”

The footage, which purports to have been recorded in Syria, was released over the weekend by the Al-Hayat media centre, ISIS’s media division.

The video, in English, is addressed as “a message to the taghut Harry”. Taghut is an Arabic term, which roughly translates to “infidel.” It shows Uqayl loading artillery rounds onto a military vehicle while encouraging jihad.

Signapore ISIS Prince Harry videoOther ISIS fighters stack what appear to be artillery shells onto a military vehicle.Al-Hayat

According to Singapore’s Straits Times newspaper, Uqayl attacks Harry, a former Apache helicopter pilot for the British Army, over a recent visit to Singapore in which he spoke about the London Bridge terror attacks.

Reportedly speaking in English, he said: “To Harry, you come to Singapore and tell such stories to gain sympathy for the London terror attacks? Why don’t you come here and fight us if you’re man enough, so that we can send you and your Apaches to hellfire, bi’ithnillah [Allah permitting]?”

ISIS Singapore Prince Harry videoA frame from the video identifying Prince Harry, a “taghut.”Al-Hayat

Shortly after the video was published, Singaporean security forces identified the man as Megat Shahdan bin Abdul Samad, a 39-year-old. The footage has largely been removed from the internet.

The country’s Ministry of Home Affairs said he left for the Middle East in 2014, “where he was believed to have been radicalised.”

Sinagporean media have said he is the first extremist from the country to appear in a propaganda video.

The Observer+ website said the video was being used in private recruiting forums to encourage south-east Asian jihadists to join ISIS activities in the region, including the Philippines island of Marawi, where militants continue to battle government forces.


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