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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 official: 'Jihadi John was a human animal'

Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State militant known as 'Jihadi John' is believed to have been killed in a US airstrike Credit: .

A US military official has described the Islamic State militant known as Jihadi John as a "human animal" and said the world is "probably a better place" without him.

Colonel Steve Warren, the US's Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said in a Pentagon briefing:

He was a primary recruitment tool for the organisation.

We are all familiar with the ghastly videos, the absolute barbarism that he displayed at times against American citizens.

This guy was a human animal and killing him is probably making the world a bit of a better place.

– Colonel Steve Warren

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