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Airstrike targets 'Jihadi John'

Mohammed Emwazi, the so-called Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John".

An airstrike targeting the British IS militant Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, has been carried out in Syria by US forces.

The extremist appeared in a number of beheading videos, including those in which Salford aid worker Alan Henning was killed.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said it was not clear whether Emwazi had been killed in the strike in Raqqa.

Alan Henning was killed in October 2014.

Emwazi was first seen, with his face covered, in a video in August 2014 which showed the beheading of US journalist James Foley.

He also appeared in videos showing the killings of American journalist Steven Sotloff, and worker Abdul-Rahman Kassig and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto.

It was not until February this year that the jihadist was unmasked as Kuwaiti-born Emwazi, who lived in the UK since the age of six.

"The killing of Mohammed Emwaz in Syria is a significant moment in the fight to get justice for Alan Henning, David Haines and all the victims of this evil man.

"The Ramadhan Foundation joins the victims of ISIS and their families in preferring him to have being captured alive so he would have seen justice in a court of law but understand why this wasn't possible.

"Extra judicial killing over justice in a court of law should not become the norm in fight against terrorism.

Mohammed Emwazi manifested the evil and barbaric nature of this terrorist entity called Daesh which has killed thousands of Muslims, Christians, Yazidis. There is nothing he said or stood for which would justify his barbaric crimes and actions.

ISIS distort Islamic teaching to justify their violent crimes and its this ideology which we have been confronting and will continue to do. Terrorism has no religion and there can never be any justification or excuses for such actions."

– Mohammed Shafiq, Chief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation

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