The British terrorist known as “Jihadi John” has been injured in an airstrike close to the Syrian border.
The cold-blooded murderer who has beheaded hostages live on camera is said to have “narrowly escaped death” when a meeting of ISIS leaders in an Iraqi town was bombed by jets.
Jihadi John has released videos showing his beheading two British and two American hostages. The joint US and Iraqi airstrikes are believed to have occurred last Saturday in a troubled area close to the Syrian border.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are aware of the reports but we cannot confirm these reports.”
The ISIS militant, dubbed “Jihadi John” is believed to come from London’s East End; he is one of hundreds of radicalised militants fighting for ISIS. Jihadi John achieved infamy when, dressed all in black, he performed a series of gruesome hostage beheadings and published the footage.
It is believed, according to a local nurse, that Jihadi John and the other ISIS figures wounded in the airstrike, were transported to hospital and then driven on to the Syrian city of Raqqa.
According to reports, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the group’s leader, was also injured in an air strike. However, accounts are contradictory, with a speech said to be made by Baghdadi was released on Thursday in conflict with reports that he had been wounded. US officials have said they cannot confirm whether Baghdadi was hit in a strike near Falluja in Iraq.