Local News & Archive — May 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm — Updated: May 25, 2016 at 3:50 pm

Ex-Glan Clwyd doctor joined ISIS

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Dr Issam Abuanza

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It’s emerged that an NHS doctor who joined the so-called Islamic State group worked at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd for two years.

Dr Issam Abuanza was based at the Bodelwyddan hospital from May 2007 to July 2009, when he gained a licence to practice medicine in the UK.

IS recruitment papers leaked to BBC News revealed Dr Abuanza qualified as a doctor in Baghdad in 2002, before the US-led invasion of Iraq. After leaving Glan Clwyd, he worked around the UK – including a spell at Scarborough Hospital from October 2012 to August 2013.

Dr Abuanza – a Palestinian with British citizenship – left his wife and two children at their home in Sheffield to move to Syria in 2014. He had been combining registrar work with running an online clothing business, which closed three months before he left.

His sister, Najla, told the BBC that his parents would never forgive him: ”He used to be quite the dashing young man, very modern. I’ve no idea how he became like this or who showed him the path to terror…my dad’s wish was to see him before he dies. He has spent all his money on him and his education and this is what he does.”

A spokeswoman for the Betsi Cadwaladr health board confirmed on Wednesday that Dr Abuanza did work at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd but made no further comment.

The whereabouts of Dr Abuanza, believed to be the first known practising NHS doctor to join IS, are currently unknown. He was living in the eastern province of Deir Ezzour last October when he last posted on his Facebook page.

The BBC said it was not possible for all of the leaked recruitment papers to be verified but many of those detailing British fighters had proved to be genuine.

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