An Islamic State media associate on Tuesday released an eulogy for Mohammed Emwazi also known as “Jihadi John,”(famous for the execution of hostages).
Emwazi was described in Islamic State’s Dabiq magazine by his nickname “Abu Muharib al-Muhajir.”
“On Thursday, the 29th of Muharram, 1437 (Nov. 12, 2015), Ab Muhrib finally achieved shahdah (martyrdom) for the cause of Allah, which he had sought for so long, as the car he was in was targeted in a strike by an unmanned drone in the city of Raqqah, destroying the car and killing him instantly,” Dabiq said.
“Jihadi John” the ISIS terrorist who oversaw the brutal executions of American and Western hostages, was believed to have been killed after he was hit by a U.S. air strike on Thursday night, officials said.
One official said the jihadist, Mohammed Emwazi, was thought to be hit as he left a building in Raqqa, Syria, and entered a vehicle.
The official also described it as a “flawless” and “clean hit” with no collateral damage and that Emwazi basically “evaporated.”
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said:
“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,” Cook said.
“We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate.”
A senior US defence official told CNN that they knew it was Emwazi before they struck in a mission he described as involving ‘persistent surveillance’.