British Islamic State member ‘White Widow’ killed in airstrike with 12-year-old son in Syria

London, Oct 12: A British member of the Islamic State terrorist network, dubbed as the “White Widow” by UK media, has been killed along with her minor son in a US drone strike in Syria, media reports said on Thursday. Sally Jones, known for a her prolific pro-Islamic State propaganda on social media and often described as the world’s most wanted terrorist, is believed to have been killed along with her 12-year-old son Jojo.
The 50-year-old was a punk rocker from the county of Kent in England before she converted to Islam and went on to become one of the most notorious recruiters for Islamic State. “The premise that Sally Jones and her son are dead is probably accurate,” a UK government source was quoted as saying by The Times. Jones’ husband, 21-year-old Junaid Hussain who was a computer hacker from Birmingham and also an Islamic State member, was killed in a drone strike in the terrorist group’s former stronghold of Raqqa, northern Syria, in August 2015.
British intelligence had assisted in that operation.
MI6 spies were reportedly tracking the movements of Jones, who travelled with Jojo to Syria in 2013 to marry Hussain. The husband and wife were since on a US “kill list” of high-value targets.
Jones’ death brings to at least six the number of known British Islamic State terrorists to have been killed in drone strikes in Syria. The true number is likely to be higher as it is often difficult to verify the identity of jihadists killed from the air. (Agencies)