Islamic State confirms death of 'Jihadi John'


The Islamic State (IS) group has confirmed the death of the British terrorist who became known as Jihadi John.

Mohammed Emwazi had been reported killed in an airstrike last November, with US forces saying they were "reasonably certain" he was dead.

IS has now released what appears to be an obituary to the fighter, who they called Abu Muharib al-Muhajir, in the latest edition of their magazine Dabiq.

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".

Emwazi shocked the world when he appeared in a video in August 2014 in which he condemned the West and appeared to behead US journalist James Foley.

He emerged again in a number of other videos released by IS, including those in which American reporter Steven Sotloff and British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning were murdered.

Early last year the militant was identified as Kuwait-born Emwazi, a computer programming graduate who grew up in London.