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Isis confirms death of 'Jihadi John' in Syria air strike

By Gary Fennelly

Isis has confirmed the death of 'Jihadi John' in the latest edition of its Dabiq propaganda magazine.

The publication said that the extremist, whose real name was Mohammed Emwazi, was killed in a US drone strike.

The strike on the British citizen, who was born in Kuwait, reportedly took place near the site where Isis carry out their executions in Raqqa.

The militant became notorious for his filmed executions of hostages including the beheading of US journalist James Foley in in August 2014.

In the article the magazine referred to him as Abū Muhārib al-Muhājir.

It said: "On Thursday, the 29th of Muharram, 1437, Abū Muhārib finally achieved shahādah for the cause of Allah, which he had sought for so long, as the car he was in was targeted in a strike by an unmanned drone in the city of ar-Raqqah, destroying the car and killing him instantly.

"May Allah accept our brother among the shuhadā’, envelop him with His mercy, and enter him into the highest levels of al-Firdaws."

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In the eulogy the group wrote that "at a young age, the honorable brother traveled with his family to London. This would become a place he grew to hate along with its kafir people, whose customs were far-removed from the praiseworthy values he was much accustomed to."

Isis had previously claimed he survived the attack while US officials said it was likely that that he had been ‘evaporated’.

The US military said in November last year that it was "reasonably certain" that he was killed in the air strike aimed at the notorious British killer.

At the time David Cameron hailed the death as a "strike at the heart" of the extremist group.

But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said it would have been "far better" if Emwazi had been brought to justice in the courts for his "callous and brutal crimes".

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