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US military 'reasonably certain Jihadi John' killed in attack'

The US military has said it is 'reasonably certain' Mohammed Emwazi, the IS militant known as 'Jihadi John', was killed in a US-led drone attack.

A suspected British associate of Emwazi has also reportedly been detained. According to Reuters, two senior Turkish officials confirmed the suspected associate, thought to be Aine Lesley Davis, was being held by authorities in Turkey.

Emwazi was wanted for a string of brutal murders of hostages - including Britons David Haines and Alan Henning - many of which were broadcast in propaganda videos by the radical group.

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US military 'reasonably certain Jihadi John killed in attack'

Colonel Steve Warren briefed the Pentagon about a targeted attack which is believed to have killed 'Jihadi John' Credit: .

The US military has confirmed that it is "reasonably certain" Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John", was killed in a recent US led airstrike.

Colonel Steve Warren, the US's Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman, said US military intelligence gave them "great confidence" Jihadi John was killed in the planned drone attack but further verification needed to be done.

Confirming Emwazi was "the only high-value individual" targeted in the Raqqa strike Col. Warren said the airstrike was a "significant blow" to Islamic State.

He said: "This was significant as Jihadi John was an Isil celebrity if you will, kind of the face of the organisation in many senses, so there's certainly I think a significant blow to their prestige of Isil. But Jihadi John wasn't a major tactical figure or operational figure."

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