ISLAMIC STATE (ISIS) militants have been thrown into panic as warplanes zoomed above their stronghold in Raqqa, just hours after their most wanted executioner Jihadi John was thought to have been killed in an airstrike.
The British ISIS militant called Mohammed Emwazi was “eviscerated” in a US drone strike as he left a building in the depraved terror group’s stronghold of Raqqa.
Officials in the US are now scrambling to confirm he has died as a result of the “clean hit”, after the Pentagon confirmed the strike took place in the Syrian city.
But one unnamed defence official said the savage fighter “evaporated” after a “flawless” strike.
The insider said the US drone strike came after “persistent surveillance” – claiming that authorities knew it was Emwazi when they struck.
UK-based monitoring group the Syrian Observatory of Human Rights reported today that up to four jihadis were hit in the attack, and that the body of “an important British jihadi” is lying in a hospital in Raqqa.
ISIS officials have since claimed that Emwazi, who has become the face of the militant group, was injured but survived the attack.
However, locals in Raqqa reported their hospital has been closed off to the public – an event they claimed only happens when a senior militant has been killed.
The terror group have also been thrown into more alarm this afternoon after warplanes were reportedly seen flying over Raqqa, causing the twisted jihadis to blare sirens, according to an anti-ISIS campaign group.
This morning the UK Government said it had been “working hand in glove” with America “to hunt down those murdering hostages” in ISIS.
A total of 14 airstrikes struck the war-torn city between 11:15pm and midnight, with one of the first targeting a car near the Raqqa Islamic court, according to activists.
The area was then closed off by ISIS militants to prevent anyone from entering.
A senior US defence official said: “We are 99 per cent sure we got him. We were on him for some time.”
While a senior military source said there is a “high degree of certainty” the notorious killer was hit by the strike after being “tracked carefully over a period of time”, according to the BBC.
But the Pentagon insists it is still assessing the outcome of the operation.
Pentagon Press secretary Peter Cook said: “US forces conducted an airstrike in Raqqa, Syria, on November 12, 2015 targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as ‘Jihadi John’.
“We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate.”
Three other foreign jihadis are said to have also been hit when the drone struck Emwazi’s vehicle, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The group’s director Rami Abdulrahman said: “A car carrying four foreign Islamic State leaders, including one British Jihadi was hit by US airstrikes right after the governorate building in Raqqa city.
“All the sources there are saying that the body of an important British Jihadi is lying in the hospital of Raqqa. All the sources are saying it is of Jihadi John but I cannot confirm it personally.”
source: Daily Express