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Drone 'kills' top IS Briton

By Staff Reporter

A British computer hacker accused of being a prominent member of Islamic State is believed to have been killed in a US drone strike in Syria, according to reports.

The American military and intelligence community is said to be in the final stages of confirming the death of Junaid Hussain from Birmingham.

A US official was quoted as saying they have a "high level of confidence" that he was killed.

A strike specifically targeted Hussain while he was travelling in a vehicle in Syria, sources said. The claims have not been confirmed by British authorities. Reports have described Hussain as a key operative in the extremist group, allegedly involved in online hacking and recruitment activities.

The 21-year-old was said last month to have been number three on the Pentagon's "kill list" of IS targets.

Hussain is thought to have fled Britain to travel to Syria in 2013. In June this year he was linked with an IS plot to attack an Armed Forces Day parade in south London.

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