'White widow' jihadi killed by USA drone

13 October, 2017, 00:38 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • It was previously claimed Jones was using Hamza as human shield in an attempt to stop the US from carrying out a similar strike on her

Her husband, Junaid Jussain, also an IS recruiter, was reportedly killed in a drone strike in 2015.

In 2013, she left her home with her then 8-year old son Jojo - leaving her older son behind - to joine the Islamic State "caliphate".

Jones collected another nickname - White Widow -after Hussain was killed by a USA army drone in IS group capital of Raqqa in 2015. "Quite frankly, it's good riddance", a British source told The Sun on Wednesday.

Jones has used her son-who has previously appeared in an ISIS execution video-as a human shield in the past, prompting speculation that he may have been killed in the drone strike.

The nickname "white widow" is also attributed to Samantha Lewthwaite- the widow of the 2005 London attacker Germaine Lindsay- who has since been linked to a number of terror plots in Africa. She would use social media to try to recruit other women to join ISIS.

Pentagon spokesman Maj Adrian Rankine-Galloway said: "I do not have any information that would substantiate that report but that could change and we are looking into this". He was aged 21.

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The Defence Secretary, Sir Michael Fallon, said Jones, dubbed the "White Widow", was a "legitimate target".

The former punk musician from Chatham, Kent, had encouraged people to carry out attacks in Britain and had offered guidance on how to build a bomb.

Jonesreportedly used an image of herself stylized as a nun and pointing a gun towards the camera when she posted propaganda online. According to the Sun, her death was kept quiet over fears that her son was killed as well.

Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "aware of the reports" around Jones's death but was "not in a position to comment further".

"The premise that Sally Jones and her son are dead is probably accurate". However, public sentiment was against her and a petition which called for a ban on her ever returning to the country received more than 18,000 signatures.

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