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ISIS confirms death of ‘Jihadi John’ in airstrike

AFP
Published : Jan 21, 2016, 6:09 am IST
Updated : Jan 21, 2016, 6:09 am IST

The ISIS group confirmed on Tuesday the death of British extremist “Jihadi John”, saying he was killed in a drone strike in their Syrian stronghold of Raqa in November.

The ISIS group confirmed on Tuesday the death of British extremist “Jihadi John”, saying he was killed in a drone strike in their Syrian stronghold of Raqa in November.

Born Mohammed Emwazi, he was known as the executioner of the jihadist group appearing masked in a string of videos showing the beheadings of Western hostages.

In its online magazine Dabiq, the group said Emwazi was killed on November 12 “as the car he was in was targeted in a strike by an unmanned drone in the city of Raqa, destroying the car and killing him instantly”.

The US military had said at the time that it was “reasonably certain” he had been killed in the strike.

ISIS described Emwazi as a “martyr” and prayed to “Allah... to envelop him with His mercy and enter him into the highest levels of al-Firdaws (paradise)”. Dabiq devoted an article to Emwazi, describing him as an “honourable brother” known for his “mercy and generosity” who once gave away a concubine as a gift “to an unmarried injured brother”.

Location: Lebanon, Beirut