Mehmet Aksoy, who worked as press officer for Kurdish forces in Raqqa, to be buried in Highgate cemetery, north London

Up to a thousand people have gathered at the Kurdish community centre in north London to mourn Mehmet Aksoy, the British-Kurdish film-maker and activist who was killed by Islamic State fighters in Raqqa in September.

Aksoy, regarded as a cherished member of the Kurdish community in the UK, went to Syria in the summer to document the Kurdish resistance. The 32-year-old was not fighting but working as a press officer for the People’s Protection Units (YPG) when the military base in which he was stationed was hit by a surprise attack .

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