US forces have carried out an air strike targeting the Islamic State group militant “Jihadi John”, with a “high degree of certainty” he was hit.
Mohammed Emwazi, the Kuwaiti-born British militant, is wanted for brutal murders of hostages, including Britons David Haines and Alan Henning, many of which were broadcast in propaganda videos by the radical group.
Officials are assessing whether Emwazi, a British citizen, was killed in the attack. Military sources however said there was a “high degree of certainty” he had been killed.
A formal statement from the Pentagon stopped short of asserting that Emwazi had definitely been killed:
“U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, on Nov. 12, 2015 targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John.”
Emwazi, a British citizen, participated in the videos showing the murders of U.S. journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley, U.S. aid worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig, British aid workers David Haines and Alan Henning, Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, and a number of other hostages.
We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate.”
Prime Minister David Cameron is due to make a statement later today.