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US confirm British jihadi killed in drone strike in Syria

The US Department of Homeland Security has now confirmed Hussain's death. Credit: Twitter

The US Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that Birmingham-born IS recruit Junaid Hussian was killed in a recent drone strike in Syria.

They claim the 21-year-old, who grew up in King's Heath was a " a leading cyber Jihadist and a high-value target within ISIS."

The department released the following statement:

"This is a serious blow to ISIS and a swift act of justice against a top cyber jihadist and recruiter.

The strike sends an unmistakable message to the terror group's ranks: plot against us-even on social media, and we will find you.

I applaud our military, intelligence community and counterterrorism professionals for this success, but this will not be the end of ISIS's deadly online campaigns.

We need to maintain vigilance-and good intelligence-to stop future plotting, and ultimately we must destroy the group's terrorist sanctuary."

– Chairman Michael McCaul

Junaid Hussain was part of team that 'targeted Armed Forces Day event in UK'

Soldiers from the Royal Fusiliers were being targeted. Credit: PA

Junaid Hussain was one of the ISIL leaders who targeted Armed Forces Day in the UK.

According to a reporter from The Sun, he said "It will be big. We will hit the kuffar (unbelievers) hard InshAllah. Hit their soldiers in their own land. Soldiers that served in Iraq and Afganistan will be present. Jump in the crowd and detonate the bomb. They think they can kill Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan then come back to the UK and be safe. We'll hit them hard InshAllah."


Home Office issue statement regarding killing of ISIS number 3

Junaid Hussain was said to be the IS Number Three in Syria. Credit: Twitter

It was reported earlier today that a British jihadi who hacked computers for the so-called Islamic State had been killed in a drone strike in Syria.

A Government spokesperson has now issued a statement regarding the claims.

“We are aware of reports that an ISIL terrorist of British nationality is believed to have been killed in a coalition airstrike in Syria. We have consistently warned people against going to fight for ISIL in Syria or Iraq. “ISIL has declared itself an enemy of the UK and those who have chosen to fight with ISIL and subscribe to their barbaric ideology will continue be subject to coalition action to stop them killing indiscriminately, committing barbaric acts and planning terrorist acts.”


Football tournament support has been 'amazing' say family

Friends and colleagues of a couple who were killed in the Tunisia beach massacre, have held a football tournament in Derby to celebrate their lives.

Scott Chalkley, and his partner Sue Davey from Tamworth were killed in June, when attackers stormed a beach in Sousse killing 30 Britons.

Bradley and Ross Naylor, Scott Chalkley's sons, told ITV News Central the support has "been amazing".

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Brit missing after going for morning swim in Bulgaria

Teacher Ethan McKen was travelling with a group of five friends. Credit: Pitchero

A British tourist has been reported missing after apparently getting into difficulties during a morning swim in Bulgaria.

Teacher Ethan McKen, 24, was travelling with a group of five friends and had arrived at the Sunny Beach resort on the Black Sea today.

Thomas Cook has been in touch with the family of Mr McKen, from Nottingham, and is arranging for his relatives to fly to Bulgaria.

One other member of the group entered the sea, but is safe and recovering in a local medical centre.

Mr McKen is a member of Bulwell FC, an amateur football club in Nottinghamshire.

We are very concerned by the disappearance of one of our customers in Bulgaria after they took a morning swim in the sea in Sunny Beach resort.

We are liaising closely with the British Embassy and the local authorities as the search effort continues, and can confirm that the local police are stopping anyone entering the water at present while this continues.

– Club 18-30 spokesman
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