British jihadi ‘White Widow’ killed by U.S. drone: Sun report

LONDON (Reuters) – Sally Jones, a British jihadi who recruited on-line for the Islamic State group, has been killed in Syria via a U.S. drone alongside together with her 12-yr-outdated son, The Sun newspaper stated on Thursday.

A convert to Islam from southern England, Jones used to be nicknamed the “White Widow” through the British press after her jihadi husband Junaid Hussain, additionally an IS militant, used to be killed via a drone in 2015.

Quoting a British intelligence source who had been briefed by means of U.S. counterparts, The Sun mentioned that Jones and her son had been killed in June on the subject of Syria’s border with Iraq, as she was once making an attempt to flee the IS stronghold of Raqqa.

U.S. intelligence chiefs were quoted as pronouncing they might not be One Hundred Pc certain that Jones had been killed as there was once no means of getting better any DNA from the ground, but they were “assured” she was once useless.

Her son JoJo used to be presumed to be lifeless too, even supposing his presence together with her was no longer known on the time of the drone strike and he used to be not an intended target, in line with The Sun.

Other IS militants had been said lifeless simplest to reappear.

Jones, who prior to her jihadi days was once as soon as a singer in a punk band, has been the subject of years of fascination by means of the British press.

She used to be believed to have left her dwelling in Chatham, within the southern county of Kent, in 2013 to commute to Syria, the place she married Hussain whom she had met on-line.

She used to be energetic as an online recruiter and from time to time posted propaganda messages on social media, including a hanging picture of herself dressed as a nun pointing a gun towards the camera.

Reporting via Estelle Shirbon; editing by means of Man Faulconbridge

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