IS confirms Jihadi John is dead, was killed by US drone


The Islamic State has confirmed the death of Jihadi John in a drone strike last year.

The IS’ propaganda magazine Dabiq  published an obituary for the British jihadist, whose real name was Mohammed Emwazi.

The US troops in November last year haf claimed to have killed the jihadist notorious for his brutalities in the execution video.

The US military had said it was “reasonably certain” it had killed him in the IS-stronghold of Raqqa.

Emwazi’s execution videos included beheading videos victims including UK aid worker David Haines and taxi driver Alan Henning.

The IS magazine in its tribute has referred the Kuwaiti-born Emwazi as Abu Muharib al-Muhajir.

Jihadi John as primary school student in London
Jihadi John as primary school student in London

Emwazi was killed on 12 November “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.”

A smiling picture of the militant, who appears unmasked looking towards the ground, accompanies the text, which is written in tribute form to a man they describe as an “honourable brother”.

Who was Jihadi John

According to BBC Emwazi was born in Kuwait in 1988 and came to the UK in 1994 when he was six years old.

He received his primary education at the Quintin Kynaston Community Academy in north London’s posh St John’s Wood area.

His teachers always described him as a hardworking pupil.

In 2009 he completed computing degree at University of Westminster beforw travelling to Tanzania with two friends for safari but refused entry at Dar es Salaam.

However, according to the British secret service MI5, his trip to Tanzania was no safari expedition and it was because of his wider link with international Jihadi groups.

A year later he tried to visit Kuwait but he was denied the visa.

He disappeared in 2013 as parents reported him missing. Four months later, the police told his family that he had entered Syria.

The confirmation by the IS of his death comes at a time Britain is facing a significant challenge from the threats of radical Islam as more and more young Muslims are being misled to join the IS.

On Tuesday night, Britain’s Channel 4 aired an hour long documentary titled as The Jihadist Next Door,  which aimed to highlight the growing problem of the radicalisation of Muslim youth.

(Photos courtesy BBC)


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