Militant Islamist group Isis - also known as Daesh - has finally confirmed the death of British killer Mohammed "Jihadi John" Emwazi, two months after he was killed in a US drone strike in the centre of Raqqa. In the latest issue of the group's glossy house magazine, Dabiq, Emwazi - named throughout as Abu Muharib al-Muhajir - was eulogised in an extensive obituary.
Emwazi, filmed beheading at least four Westerners including Britons Alan Henning and David Haines, was one of the world's most wanted men. He was targeted as he got into a vehicle in one of Raqqa's central squares on 29 November. News of the strike filtered out quickly but has only now been confirmed by the group, responsible for thousands of deaths in Iraq, Syria and the West.
In a detailed and bizarre obituary, it said of Emwazi: "Abū Muhārib al-Muhājir, the mujāhid who made headlines around the world as "Jihadi John," was originally from the northeast of the Arabian Peninsula, while his mother originated from Yemen. At a young age, the honorable brother traveled with his family to London. This would become a place he grew to hate along with its kāfir people, whose customs were far-removed from the praiseworthy values he was much accustomed to."
After mocking MI5, which it claims allowed Emwazi to slip through its fingers, the obituary goes into some detail about Emwazi's bravery and devotion to Allah. This extended to taking orphans to the zoo. He was apparently "rewarded" with a sex slave for bravery but handed her over to another Jihadist.
The obituary ends: "On Thursday, the 29th of Muharram [November], 1437 , Abū Muhārib finally achieved shahādah 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 ar-Raqqah, destroying the car and killing him instantly."