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Toowoomba's teen 'jihadist' speaks for first time

Oliver Bridgeman has another Facebook page under the alias Yusuf Oli. Photo Contributed
Oliver Bridgeman has another Facebook page under the alias Yusuf Oli. Photo Contributed Contributed

TOOWOOMBA teen Oliver Bridgeman has denied any involvement with terrorist organisations or rebel groups in Syria.

Mr Bridgeman used his Facebook account to speak for the time since it was reported that he had left Australia to fight alongside terrorists in Syria,

Mr Bridgeman claimed media had "blown everything out of proportion and written blatant lies" about his activities.

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"My only activity in Syria is the distribution of medical supplies, food and basic life essentials inside the rural parts and Turkish boarders (sic) of Syria," he said.

Mr Bridgeman assured his Facebook followers that he was safe and had "never feared" for his life since arriving in Syria two months ago.

"I'm only working in parts of Syria that are free from any fighting," he said.

"I would like to thank all my family and friends that have defended my through this media campaign and I would like to assure everyone that I'm safe and having a wonderful experience."

Mr Bridgeman said limited internet access had made it difficult to communicate with those concerned for his safety.

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