Baghdad: ISIS has confirmed the death of British fighter ‘Jihadi John’, saying that he was killed in a drone strike in their Syrian stronghold of Raqqa 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 Raqqa, 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.
The obituary, naming him Abu Muharib al-Muhajir, claims he was ‘originally from the northeast of the Arabian Peninsula, while his mother originated from Yemen’.
‘At a young age, the honorouable brother travelled with his family to London. This would become a place he grew to hate along with its kafir [non-Muslim] people, whose customs were far-removed from the praiseworthy values he was much accustomed to,’ it continues.
‘It was through the mercy and blessings of Allah that Abu Muharib attained the gift of a sound aqidah [creed] and correct manhaj [methodology] despite residing in one of the centres of kufr and despite the increased presence of deviants calling to the gates of Jahannam.